Safeguarding & Child Protection

Suffolk Sport believes that the welfare and safety of children and young people is of paramount importance, and that all children and young people have the right to protection from abuse and to take part in sport without risk of harm. For any assistance with Safeguarding and Protecting Children please contact Vicki Askew, Lead Child Protection Officer on 07900 137796 or

For more information about Suffolk Sport’s Safeguarding Responsibilities

Suffolk Sport was awarded the Advanced level standards for Safeguarding and protecting children in 2009, having previously achieved the Preliminary standard in 2004 and Intermediate standard in 2007.

Find out more information about the Standards.

Safeguarding Training

Suffolk Sport regularly runs the Sports Coach UK ‘Safeguarding and Protection Children’ and the 'Safeguarding and Protecting children 2; Reflecting on Practice' workshop across the county. For a full list of workshops and information as to how to book on.

Children and Young People

If you are a child or young person and have any concerns about something that happened to you or to someone you know here is some useful information for you


Whether you are a coach, parent, Sports Development Officer or other adult, if you want advice about child protection here are some useful numbers for you to call

Parents or Carers

If you are a parent or carer and want to know how you can be sure that the sports club your child belongs to is safe here is some useful advice


All sports clubs should adopt a child protection policy, which outlines what they will do to ensure the safety and welfare of junior members. Suffolk Sport has produced 'Implementing a Child Protection Policy - A Guide for Sports Clubs', which provides advice about putting your policy into practice. It also includes a sample policy if your club doesn't already have one. We also provide some basic Club Safeguarding information

Guidance on Behaviour

It is important that everyone within your club knows what is or is not acceptable conduct. Codes of Conduct can help clarify to your members what you expect and what is appropriate. Suffolk Sport has produced three codes of conduct for coaches, players and parents / carers.

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is part of the NSPCC. They can offer you and your club guidance and advice on child protection issues, from implementing policies to managing difficult behaviour with members of your club. For more information go to