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. England Athletics recommend that Clubs should work through the England Athletics Club Welfare Framework and ensure they are compliant with all areas. The framework can be found in the resource section of the website.
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.
- Click to download Child Safeguarding Policy (PDF 240kB)
- Click to download Adult Safeguarding Policy (PDF 230kB)
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.
- Click to download Child Safeguarding Procedures (PDF 280kB)
- Click to download Adult Safeguarding Procedures (PDF 220kB)
These regulations are the principle governing action or procedure in relation to the above policies and procedures
- Click to download the Safeguarding Regulations (PDF 210kB)
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
- Click to download Codes of Conduct Booklet (PDF 220kB)
Please note these codes can be downloaded as individual documents in our Resource section.
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.
Safeguarding & DBS checks
Online education resources
Codes of Conduct
Following on from the UK Athletics safeguarding review click here for an update on the UK Athletics safeguarding review.
- 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07920 532552.
- Advice and support regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) enquiries can be obtained by contacting Laura Mottershead – UKA Welfare Administrator email@example.com 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.