This online tool supports all sports organisations to implement best practice in safeguarding adults.
Safeguarding adults is a responsibility for every sport and physical activity organisation. So getting this right will ensure a wider participation in sport and activity, and ensure safe access for everyone.
We developed the Safeguarding Adults in Sport Framework to develop standards for safeguarding adults in the sport and activity sector. We aim to establish and promote best practice to support continual development.
What is the Safeguarding Adults in Sport Framework?
It’s an online tool for sports and activity organisations. It contains six themes. Each theme contains several criteria that require you to submit evidence indicating where and how you meet them.
You’ll work your way through the Framework theme by theme, submitting evidence for each criterion.
There is a column for you to indicate if you believe you are currently meeting the criteria or not.
Following each theme there is a space to write a brief summary that will form part of your action plan. This allows you to indicate any action to be taken where gaps exist or to indicate your future planned development.
The action points for each criterion will form your overall action plan.
You can learn more about what the Framework is, and how it works, by reading our FAQ. Find it here.
Need help completing the Framework? Access our Safeguarding Adults in Sport Framework user guide here.
The Principles of the Safeguarding Adults in Sport Framework
We developed the framework based on adult safeguarding legislation and current policy development in sport and physical activity.
It supports robust procedures that should be in place regarding safeguarding adults. It also helps provide a way forward for supporting decision-making and rights for adults who may be at risk.
The Framework is endorsed by Sport England. It supports the vision set out in “Towards an Active Nation” – that everyone in England, regardless of age, background or ability, feels able to take part in sport or activity.
This framework provides a set of standards for everyone involved in sport to help develop a positive sporting culture that creates a safe sporting environment for adults, protecting them from harm.
We welcome the opportunity to benchmark current practice against this framework and in doing so enabling challenge to current practice as well as an opportunity to share experiences.
The Safeguarding Adults in Sport Framework contributes to one of Sport England’s Strategic aims: that everyone taking part in sport and physical activity is safeguarded physically and mentally.
– Sport England.
Themes and Criteria
If you know what to expect from the Framework, you can think about what to consider before you begin the process.
Here are the key safeguarding themes the Framework covers:
- Safeguarding governance
- Implementation of safeguarding responsibility
- Codes of conduct
- Case management
For a complete guide to the themes and criteria, head here.
When working through the Framework, you’ll have to submit evidence indicating where and how you meet the criteria.
To help you prepare to complete the Framework, here are some examples of the evidence you might have to provide. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.
Assessment and Feedback
Your organisation will receive a login to the online portal from The Ann Craft Trust. You will then have four weeks to work your way through the Framework.
The evidence that you submit will be checked against a set of standardised criteria based on safeguarding legislation and best practice.
We’ll review your evidence and action plan. Our assessor will provide a written account to support the action plan and will indicate where you meet the criteria. You will be able to view this when it has been completed through the portal using the same login.
The assessor may contact you for further information during the assessment of your evidence and action plan. Following that, a member of the team will be allocated to support you in achieving your actions.
We’ve created a flowchart to show how the process works. Find it here.
Want to Complete the Safeguarding Adults in Sport Framework?
We’ll be inviting two organisations a month to take part. You will be contacted by the Ann Craft Trust and provided with a unique login. This will allow you to log in and out and save your submission until you are ready to submit.
Please get in touch if you’d like to volunteer your organisation. We will create a calendar to book organisations in across the next year.