Children in sport

Whether your organisation is a school, a club or a local volunteer-based group that helps children develop their skills in sport, and you have not yet developed a child safeguarding policy, now is the time to do so. Available for free, this sport-assessment tool will help you discover your organisation’s strengths – as well as all the areas where urgent improvement is needed.

You will learn that, while the development of strong safeguarding policies is essential, this is just the start of a much deeper process of self-reflection, engagement, leadership and accountability that will get your organisation to a point at which it can start to embed robust safeguarding systems and processes within its working culture.

How it works

This sports-focused assessment tool consists of nine sections, and takes about 30 minutes to complete. The results will be emailed to you, so you have a reference to all the points where urgent action is needed to ensure children are kept safe. Your results are confidential, but if you would like to discuss the results, please do get in touch with our team.

During the sport-assessment, you will be asked to think about eight different aspects of your organisation:

  1. Policy
  2. Procedure
  3. Advice
  4. Minimising risk
  5. Guidelines
  6. Recruiting
  7. Partners
  8. Accountability

These are based on the International Safeguards for Children in Sport (see more info below). To strengthen your organisation’s safeguarding practices, policies and culture, you should review the lessons learnt from this sport-assessment as soon as possible.

It all begins here…

Start your free sport-assessment here. It contains nine sections that need to be considered to get a fuller picture of how your organisation’s child safeguarding is doing. You can always go backwards during the process to amend details. However, please note that all information you enter will be lost if you close the browser window before submitting the results.


The International Safeguards for Children in Sport aims to outline the things that should be put in place by any organisation providing sports activities to children and young people. The safeguards should be viewed as guides, which facilitate an organisation’s journey towards safeguarding children rather than an end in themselves.

They reflect international declarations, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, relevant legislation, government guidance, existing child protection/safeguarding standards and good practice. They have been informed by research conducted by Brunel University with a diverse range of perspectives from different countries and stakeholder groups during an extensive piloting phase.

The International Safeguards for Children in Sport represent collective good practice at a point in time and will be subject to periodic review to ensure they reflect developments within safeguarding practice. You can download the full report here (pdf).

Principal investigator: Daniel Rhind
Co-investigator: Tess Kay
Co-investigator: Laura Hills

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