About the Framework
Completing the Framework
- How do I access the Framework?
- How long will it take?
- What if I haven’t been able to complete it in six weeks? What if I need more time?
- Can more than one person work on or access the Framework at the same time?
- Who do I contact if there are any technical issues?
- Can I upload evidence and save it as I go along?
- I am starting a new submission as our last one was completed two years ago. Do I need a new login? And when I log back in, can I see the original submission?
- What will happen next and what is the process for assessing?
- What do I get once I’ve completed the Framework? Is there a report?
- How will you mark my assessment? What are the ratings?
- What does a “met” rating mean for our overall submission?
- What does “conditionally met” mean?
- What will happen if we receive a “Not Met” for our overall submission?
- How often do I need to complete the framework?
- Do you inform our funders of the outcome of our submission?
About the Framework
What is the Purpose of the Safeguarding Adults in Sport Framework?
The Safeguarding Adults in Sport Framework (The Framework) is an online assessment tool designed to support sport and activity organisations to improve adult safeguarding practices, to establish and promote best practice and to support continued development in safeguarding adults.
The Framework promotes a safer involvement in sport and activity for all members of society, values diversity and reflects current up to date practice and legislation in safeguarding adults.
What are the benefits of completing The Framework?
By completing The Framework, you are demonstrating that you are committed to safeguarding adults.
This Framework provides a set of criteria 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
In addition, by completing The Framework, you are meeting your funding agreement as set out by Sport England or UK Sport.
Who should complete The Framework?
From April 2022, it is a requirement for all National Governing Bodies, National Specialist Partners and Active Partnerships funded by Sport England and UK Sport in England to complete the Framework. Completing the Framework forms part of your Funding Agreement.
How does the Safeguarding Adults in Sport Framework Work?
The Framework consists of six themes. Each theme contains criteria that require you to submit evidence indicating where and how you meet them.
You will work your way through The Framework theme by theme, submitting evidence for each criterion.
Following each theme there is a space to write a brief summary of how you meet the criteria of the theme, as well as a section where you can indicate any action to be taken where gaps exist or to indicate your future planned development.
The action points for each theme will form your overall action plan.
Completing The Framework
How do I access the Framework?
Once you have contacted the Ann Craft Trust and confirmed a date that you can start your submission, you will be contacted by email and provided with a unique login and password. This will allow you to log in and out and save your submission until you are ready to submit.
The first time you log in, we recommend you change the password provided to one of your own.
How long will it take?
Once you’ve received your log in and start your submission, you will then have six weeks to work your way through and complete the Framework.
What if I haven’t been able to complete it in six weeks? What if I need more time?
Please talk to us to discuss the situation. We are aware that situations change and safeguarding cases can take priority.
Can more than one person work on or access The Framework at the same time?
At present there is only one log in available per submission, therefore all information must be uploaded by one individual.
Who do I contact if there are any technical issues?
Can I upload evidence and save it as I go along?
Yes. Any evidence that you submit will be saved and stored on the system until you are ready to submit. You will be able to view your submission and revisit your action plan at any time.
I am starting a new submission as our last one was completed two years ago. Do I need a new login? And when I log back in, can I see the original submission?
If you completed the submission last time and can remember your log in details, you can use that original log in and you will be able to view your old submission. You would then click on ‘new submission’ to start your new submission.
If you are ready to begin a new submission but you don’t have the previous log in details, you need to email out Administrator, Sarah Nolan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your previous submission will be reassigned and you will be given new login details so you can access the portal and see the previous submission.
What will happen next and what is the process for assessing?
Your Framework submission will be assessed against a set of standardised criteria developed and agreed by the Ann Craft Trust based on safeguarding adult legislation and best practice.
A random number of submissions are selected for external verification
What do I get once I’ve completed the Framework? Is there a report?
The assessor will provide written feedback indicating where you meet the criteria and highlighting areas for improvement. You can view this on your portal using the same login.
How will you mark my assessment? What are the ratings?
There are three ratings: met, conditionally met and unmet.
What does a “Met” rating mean for our overall submission?
A ‘Met’ rating means that you have provided sufficient evidence of meeting the essential requirements of all The Framework criteria.
Organisations who achieve Met will receive an Ann Craft Trust Safeguarding in Adults in Sport Framework logo to use on their organisation’s website, leaflets and documents to demonstrate their commitment to safeguarding adults. You can use these logos for as long as you are at the ‘Met’ level.
What does “Conditionally Met” mean?
A ‘Conditionally Met’ rating means that you are meeting some, but not all, of the essential requirements of The Framework criteria. You may have demonstrated evidence that you are working towards meeting certain criteria or it may be that not enough evidence has been provided.
Your rating can be updated to ‘Met’ should it be evidenced that you meet all the essential requirements of The Framework criteria. If you feel you have further evidence to add to this submission, this can be done within 6 months, or you can resubmit to The Framework at a later date (within 2 years), when you have actioned the areas you are working towards.
What will happen if we receive a “Not Met” rating for our overall submission?
A ‘Not Met’ rating means that you did not provide enough evidence of meeting the essential requirements of all The Framework criteria.
Once you have had a chance to read through your assessment feedback, we will support you to address the areas identified as ‘Not Met’, with the aim of resubmitting to The Framework within one year.
Following your resubmission, your rating can be updated to reflect the progress made in meeting the essential requirements of The Framework criteria.
How often do I need to complete The Framework?
Revisiting your action plan should be an ongoing process.
If you have met all the criteria, you must resubmit The Framework in two years.
Do you inform our funders of the outcome of our submission?
The funders will be made aware that you have completed the submission.
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