Where to start when creating a safe environment for adults involved in your organisation.

When we begin to think about how to improve practice and demonstrate that we are creating a safe environment for all adults involved in the organisation, we naturally think of a having a policy. However, when we start to understand what it means in practice, there is so much more that we can do to create a safe culture where everyone can enjoy sport and physical activity to whatever level they choose..

Knowing where to start and recognising what needs to be done can feel like a huge undertaking requiring time, commitment and resource which often limited. The Safeguarding Adults Roadmap has been developed to help you through this process.

The Safeguarding Adults Roadmap will help you develop your understanding of what it means to create a safer environment. It breaks down the process into manageable stages and provides you with the tools and resources to develop a strategy for implementing meaningful policies and procedures. The Roadmap is designed to assist you on your journey to improve practice and demonstrate to your stakeholders that you are committed to providing a supportive and safe environment.

  • What is the Roadmap

    We have developed the Roadmap as a tool to help you:
    • Understand what you need to do to comply with your legal obligations
    • Guide you through the steps to implement and embed good practice to safeguard adults
    • Identify areas and signpost to where you may need extra support to meet those requirements
    • Have the confidence to know your organisation is safeguarding the adults in its care.

    The roadmap is in six stages for you to download and complete. It includes space for you to add your own actions and comments, and links to resources to help you along the way.

  • Who is the Roadmap for?

    This resource is for Sports and Activity organisations of any size and structure operating within England who are not required to complete the mandatory Framework as a condition of Sport England Funding*. This could include large infrastructure organisations, membership organisations, grass root organisations. * If you are an Active Partnership or a Sports National Governing Bodies already working with the Ann Craft Trust – please refer to the Sports Framework

  • How to use the Roadmap

    Start by downloading Stage One of the Roadmap and begin working through it. Once you’ve completed Stage One, move onto Stage Two.

    There is no timescale, some sections may take longer than others and you could be working on multiple tasks at any one time.

    There is a checklist in each section to help you identify what you have achieved and the areas left to work on. To support each action there are links to further information, templates and resources to help you.

  • Contributors

    The Safeguarding Adults Roadmap has been developed with the involvement of the sport and activity sector. It has been developed in consultation and with support from leading organisations including: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the Sports Governance Academy (SGA); as well as Lead Safeguarding Officers of the Sport and Activity Sector which includes: the Football Supporters Association, Mountain Training, British Nordic Walking, Try Tag Rugby, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Norwich City FA, and the Code of Martial Arts.

    This project is funded by Sport England.


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