Putting Policy and Procedures into Practice within Sport and Activity

From Recommendations to Action - Embedding Safeguarding Learning Into Practice

Having run the second session on this topic I wanted to share why it was developed and reflect on the discussions to date.

Using group discussion and case study scenarios, this session is designed to be an extension of the third module in the Safeguarding Adults in Sport Level 3 training course. It is open to anyone who has attended one of those courses and so we have a good mix of DSOs/LSOs from NGBs, Active Partnerships, County sports and local community based activity.

The session was developed after analysing feedback from the DSOs/ LSOs who attended ACT Level 3 Training. They told us that the highlight of the Level 3 course was applying policies and procedures to case studies and thinking through what actions to take.

What to expect from the session

The discussions in this session are always in depth as people work in small groups to look at a case study and put in a plan in place. Delegates come from different settings at local, county, and national levels so there are often differences of opinion which adds to the discussion in a collaborative sense.

The Putting Policy and Procedures into Practice within Sport and Activity session is based on that model. Our team of Safeguarding in Sport managers run through the foundations of safeguarding adults including -Making Safeguarding Personal, The Mental Capacity ACT and the 6 safeguarding principles in the Care Act. Followed by case study discussions, based on issues that come into the our team. This offers additional rich learning and insights as it tackles the safeguarding issues that attendees are dealing with today.

How it works and examples

Sport whistle with pen and clipboard on grass

In February a case was brought to the group by the DSO of an NGB. They anonymised the case and explained the key issues that they wanted some input on. The group agreed that they would not discuss the details of the NGB and the case outside of the group, but that they would take the learning from it, in particular how the DSO could remain person centred and involve the adult in decision making.

In July a manager of an Active Partnership led project ran through some issues relating to the individual needs of attendees. The group looked at how they could be addressed through individual contracts that attendees sign and the shared group rules. This learning related to making safeguarding personal and central to it all was the open communication and dialogue. It addition it linked to the 6 principles, in particular prevention – putting systems in place that support safeguarding, and empowerment – including the person in decision-making, helping them to explain their needs and what would help them attend sessions safely.

We have additional sessions running and would encourage you to sign up and join us, be heard and have your say. Work collaboratively with us to create a safer culture in sport. .

Our next scheduled date is in October.

For more details about our October session. Sign up here