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Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sports

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In October 2016, Sport England and UK Sport published a Code for Sports Governance setting out the standards that all organisations hoping to receive public funding for sport and physical activity must comply with. The Code, along with individual funding agreements between UK Sport and/or Sport England and the recipient bodies (which will range from large NGBs to small community groups) is designed to ensure that bodies that work with children and vulnerable adults have appropriate safeguarding policies and processes in place.

As part of funding conditions with Sport England and UK Sport, all National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) are required to have appropriate safeguarding policies and procedures in place as well as meeting and - where appropriate - maintaining the Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport (the 'Standards') which are issued by the NSPCC's Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU). This requirement also forms part of the standards set out in the Code for Sports Governance which applies to all organisations in receipt of public and/or National Lottery funding from Sport England and UK Sport.

The Standards provide a framework for all those involved in sport to help them create a safe sporting environment for children and young people and to protect them from harm. They also seek to provide a benchmark to help those involved in sport make informed decisions, and to promote good practice and challenge practice that is harmful to children.

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