Club Safeguarding and Welfare

Everyone in Athletics has a part to play in safeguarding children and adults at risk, England Athletics aims to create an environment where everyone involved in athletics and running feels safe and welcome to enable them to be the best they can be.

Emma Davenport, Head of Clubs and Participation (England Athletics Safeguarding lead)

It is everyone’s responsibility to protect the welfare of all those who participate in athletics

Welfare covers a range of issues such as safeguarding and protecting children, anti-bullying, poor practice in coaching and disciplinary matters. It encompasses policies and procedures to set out minimum standards of expectations, such as codes of conduct, procedures to follow for dealing with child protection concerns, other welfare issues or complaints, and to ensure that England Athletics, clubs and associations meet their statutory responsibilities to safeguard and protect children and adults.

Welfare is essential to contribute to good practice within athletics, develop performance and to ensure the safety and enjoyment of athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers.

UKA and the Home County Athletics Federations Position of Trust statement (August 2022)

UK Athletics and the Home Country Athletics Federations are fully committed to the legislation change in England and Wales relating to the Position of Trust. The following information is for Coaches, Coaching Assistants and Leaders (referred to as coaches) in the sport across all home countries.

On the 29 June 2022, there was a significant change in the legislation in England and Wales relating to Position of Trust. This has been part of a long-standing campaign by the NSPCC and sports organisations and means that all coaches are now considered in a position of trust under criminal law and therefore come within the scope of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

In England and Wales, the law now states that those in positions of trust within sports organisations cannot legally have a sexual relationship with young people ages 16-17 years old. This brings them in line with other position of trust roles such as teachers.


The purpose of these policies is to demonstrate the commitment of UK Athletics and the four Home Counties Athletics Federations to build a safer future in athletics for everyone.


These procedures detail the steps to be taken when a concern is raised that a child or an adult involved in athletics and related activities, is at risk of or is experiencing harm. They should be implemented with reference to the two above policies.

Safeguarding Regulations

These regulations are the principle governing action or procedure in relation to the above policies and procedures

Codes of Conduct

The purpose of the codes are:
– What behaviours are acceptable and unacceptable
– The standards of practice expected
– The basis for challenging and improving practise

Raising a Concern

If you concern is urgent, please contact the police by dialling 999 or 101 as well as notifying the Local Designated Officer.

You can submit a concern via the online referral form.

Further contact details for England Athletics and UKA can be found at the bottom of this page.

Access the update on the UK Athletics safeguarding review.

Useful contacts

  • Advice and support regarding Club and Athlete Compliance and Wellbeing matters can be obtained by contacting Abbie Cranage – England Athletics Club Standards and Compliance Officer or call 07920 532553.
  • Advice and support regarding Safeguarding/Child Protection concerns or UKA Licensed Coach/Official concerns can be obtained by contacting Angus Macdonald or call 07920 532552.
  • Advice and support regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) enquiries can be obtained by contacting Laura Mottershead – UKA Welfare Administrator or call 0121 713 8450 (option 1).
  • Further information on abuse and neglect in relation to children is available from  NSPCC, and Children 1st.
  • Ann Craft Trust is a national organisation providing information and advice about adult safeguarding.

Information on further support services for adults can also be found in our Adult Safeguarding Policy.