Safeguarding Policy

The Christians in Sport Executive Board, Trustees and Appointed Staff recognise the importance of Christians in Sport’s ministry with young people and its responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to its care.


We are committed to the following:

·     a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect of young people (those under 18 years of age*) and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.

·     every young person should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that young people we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.

·     young people have the right to be treated with respect, to be listened to and to be protected from abuse.

·     we undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of all those who will work with young people.

·     implementing the requirements of legislation in regard to young people with disabilities.

·     ensuring that staff and volunteers abide by the agreed procedures and guidelines of our Safeguarding Policy.

·     keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding. 

·     supporting the Designated Safeguarding Leads and Safeguarding Officers in their work and in action they may need to take in order to protect young people.

·     providing support, where possible, to those affected by abuse but will refer the individual to the most appropriate service should this be deemed more suitable.

·     we are committed to building constructive links with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding.


*In any instance where a student within the university setting is 17 years of age, their treatment as either a minor or adult will be determined by statutory obligations.



We recognise:

·     Children’s Social Services (or equivalent) has responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child.

·     Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.

·     Where working outside of the UK, concerns will be reported to the appropriate agencies in the country in which we operate and in addition our staff/volunteers will report concerns to the Christians in Sport Designated Safeguarding Lead.

·     Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.


Christians in Sport is a religious organisation within the meaning of Schedule 23 of the Equality Act 2010 and Section 13 of the Human Rights Act 1998. We are committed to the safeguarding of young people and ensuring their well-being as part of our mission of ‘reaching the world of sport for Christ’ in a manner consistent with our organisational ethos.




The Board of Trustees is responsible for:

·     reviewing the procedures for and the efficiency with which safeguarding duties are discharged throughout the organisation.

·     ensuring any identified deficiencies or weaknesses in safeguarding arrangements are remedied without delay.

·     approving amendments to safeguarding arrangements in light of changing legislation taking into consideration recommended best practice.

·     ensuring the effective governance of safeguarding and promotion of welfare is embedded throughout the organisation.

·     file a copy of the policy with external safeguarding agencies and determine best practice consistent with our organisation ethos.


The Trustee Liaison is responsible for:

·     reviewing the Police Check Log annually in the presence of a second Trustee.

·     annually meeting with the Designated Safeguarding Leads to review procedures, staff training provision and statutory safeguarding updates.

·     dealing with allegations in the event any of the Designated Safeguarding Leads or Directors are implicated or absent.


The Safeguarding Team undertakes to:

·     keep updated on all binding national, local and international safeguarding legislation and procedures.

·     ensure all staff complete regular safeguarding training.

·     regularly review the operational guidelines.

·     support the Safeguarding Officers in their work and in action they may need to take in order to protect young people.


The Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) are Christians in Sport staff members who have a designated role to deal with any safeguarding concerns within the organisation. The Safeguarding Officer (SGO) is the nominated point person for any safeguarding concerns at specific Christians in Sport events. The role of the Safeguarding Officer is set out in Appendix 1.



Safeguarding awareness
We are committed to on-going safeguarding training and development opportunities for all staff, developing a culture of awareness of safeguarding issues to help protect everyone. The Christians in Sport Designated Safeguarding Leads, Ian Lancaster and Jill Proctor, are trained to Specialist Level through the Oxford Safeguarding Children Board and all other staff will undertake recognised Generalist Level Safeguarding training on a regular basis.



We will review our policy, procedures and training provision annually.


If you have any concerns for a young person or questions regarding our policy then speak to Jill Proctor or Ian Lancaster who have been approved as Designated Safeguarding Leads for Christians in Sport. They can be contacted on 01869 255630.

For more information relating to additional appendices, including our applied best practice guidelines, please click here to contact Catherine Reaney.