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"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. 

UKA take the lead for Safeguarding across the sport of athletics and running for the UK. They set the policies, procedures and regulations for the sport. UKA oversee cases, the case management group and ensure the sport of athletics is safe for all.  England Athletics work with UKA through the case management group, assisting in cases, dealing with poor practise and concerns that do not meet the threshold for a case investigation. England Athletics are responsible for supporting clubs, associations and event providers, to ensure everyone is providing a safe and welcoming environment for all to partake in the sport.


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 

Download the Codes of Conduct (PDF 2MB)

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