What is the Purpose of the Safeguarding Adults in Sport Framework?

The Safeguarding Adults in Sport Framework is an audit tool designed to enable sports organisations to have their safeguarding policy and practices professionally assessed against a national safeguarding standards framework.

The purpose of the Framework is to develop safeguarding adults standards within the sport and activity sector, to establish and promote best practice and to support continual development.

We aim to produce a framework that promotes a safer involvement in sport and activity for all members of society, to value diversity and reflect current up to date practice and legislation in adult safeguarding.

How Does the Safeguarding Adults in Sport Framework Work?

The Framework consists of six themes. Each theme contains several 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.

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.

Who Should Complete This?

The Safeguarding Adults in Sport Framework is aimed at National Governing Bodies, County Sports Partnerships and other national sport and physical activity associations. We believe that you are in an ideal position to drive up the commitment to adult safeguarding and disseminate best practice throughout your sport.

What Are The Benefits of Completing the Framework?

By completing the Framework, you are demonstrating that you are committed to safeguarding well.

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.

How Long Will it Take?

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.

Participants have indicated that the framework takes between two and five days to complete, depending on how they approached it. Some organisations found it useful to delegate sections and have one person take responsibility for the overall upload and completion of the submission.

How Will the Evidence Submitted be Reviewed?

The evidence that you submit will be checked against a set of standardised criteria developed and agreed by the Ann Craft Trust based on safeguarding legislation and best practice.

What Will Happen Next?

The evidence and the action plan will be reviewed. The 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.

Will I Have Any Contact with the Assessor?

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.

Where Can I Get Help to Complete the Framework?

On the page where you are asked to submit evidence there are suggestions of what this might include. These are only suggestions and you may have many other possible examples.

What Will happen If We Do Not Meet the Criteria Set Within the Framework?

The Framework is designed to drive up standards of adult safeguarding in the sport sector. If you do not currently meet one or more of the criteria, you will be encouraged to develop an action plan that will be continually developed and improved.

How Will We Show That We Are Working in Line with the Framework? What Will We Receive?

Your rating will indicate your level of achievement against each theme. It will inform your customers or participants that you have achieved or are working towards the adult safeguarding standards set within the Framework.

How Do I Access the Framework?

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.

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.

How Often Do I Need to Complete the Framework?

Revisiting your action plan should be an ongoing process.

If you achieve all of the standards: You will be required to resubmit the Framework and submit a new action plan in two years.

If you have areas that require action: We will ask you to resubmit your action plan progression and revisit the evidence criteria within a year.

If the Framework indicates that no standards are met: We will be in contact to discuss how immediate action can be ensured. We will agree on a timescale with you.