Where to start when creating a safe environment for adult participants

When we begin to think about how can improve practice and demonstrate that we are creating a safe environment for adult participants to engage in our activities, it can seem quite daunting. Understanding where to start and what needs to be done can feel like a huge undertaking requiring time, commitment and resource which often limited.

The Safeguarding Adults Roadmap will help you develop your understanding of what it means to create a safer environment, breaking down the process into manageable stages and providing you with the tools and resources to develop a strategy for implementing meaningful policies and procedures. The Roadmap is designed to help you on your journey to improve practice and demonstrate to your participants that you are committed to providing 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 Implementation Roadmap has been developed by the sector for the 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, the and the Code of Martial Arts.

    This project is supported by Sport England.


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