Online Forum for Sports Participants – September 2020 – Cancelled

Where is it?


When is it?

Monday, 21st September, 2020

Please Note – We’ve unfortunately had to cancel this event. See below for more details.

We’re interested in talking to anyone participating in sports or activity at a grassroots, semi-professional, professional or elite level.

Join us to share your experiences about what is working well, and what could be improved, in relation to safeguarding and sport.

What is Safeguarding?

“Safeguarding” refers to measures designed to protect the health, wellbeing and human rights of individuals.

What is Safeguarding in Sport?

In sport, safeguarding could relate to issues such as:

  • Adult athletes sharing changing rooms with children or those of the opposite sex.
  • Players struggling with their mental health because of sexist or racist chanting on the side-lines.
  • Listen to Olympic athlete Charlotte Gilmartin discussing how the constant pressure to be your best in elite sport can contradict the principles of safeguarding.
  • Safeguarding is not just about sport participants, but spectators to.  In some instances, parents have been removed from competitions when they have behaved poorly and banned from attending training.
  • Participants in previous forums have highlighted the importance of safeguarding leads being visible in sports clubs- being more than just a name and/or a number on a poster or info sheet.

What will the forum involve?

We will discuss how sport could be safer for all.

We will then hand over to you to discuss topics such as:

  • What does safeguarding mean to you?
  • What can individuals, clubs, and organisations do to keep people safe?
  • What are the possible safeguarding risks in sport?

We are interested to hear about YOUR experiences to explore good practice and areas where safeguarding in sport could be improved to widen participation for all.

How will information from the forum be used?

  • Discussions will be fed-back anonymously to Sport England
  • Your experiences will be used to inspire change in relation to safeguarding in sport
  • Your views will be listened to in a safe and supportive environment
  • The session will be recorded for internal purposes only to support with developing safeguarding provision. The recordings will not be shared with anyone other than the forum team and transcripts will be anonymised.

How can you get involved?

When: Monday 21 September 2020

Times: 6.00 – 7.00 pm

Where: Online.

It’s free to attend this online forum, but as we’ve limited places, please book your place by completing the form below.


Unfortunately, we’ve had to cancel this event. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

We will be running similar events to this in the future, so please watch this space for updates. And if you’re interested in running a Sports Participation Forum in your area, get in touch and we’ll help you in any way we can.

Also, if you can’t wait to share your thoughts, you can still have your say!

We have two surveys – one for sports participants, and one for staff and volunteers.

We can also send you a paper copy of the survey, and we have easy-read formats available too. Get in touch to request a physical copy.

What Other Safeguarding Issues Can We Talk About?

Every Wednesday we will host a dedicated safeguarding hour on Twitter. This is an opportunity to ask questions and get the support from the wider safeguarding community online.

To join in, just use the hashtag #ACTSafeguardingHour.

ACT Safeguarding Hour

Join us 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm

Every Wednesday.


Tag your question with #ACTSafeguardingHour