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Role of Child Protection Officer

It is strongly recommended that all sports organisations have a Designated Child Protection Officer.

Their role include responsibilities such as receiving and acting upon any reported concerns, ensuring the Policy is implemented and promoted, promoting best safeguarding practice across the wider partnership network, acting as a first point of contact for Living Sport on issues of Child Protection, both internally, and for members of the public and other external contacts, and more.

The Child Protection in Sport Unit and National Governing Bodies of Sport deliver training to support those taking on the role of Child Protection Officer in Sports Clubs, where the title of the role is often ‘Welfare Officer’ and have available role descriptions and details of responsibilities.

A full description of the role is available below as well as two examples of good practice, from the Football Association, as an example from a team sport and from Judo, an individual sport.  But it is recommended that in the first instance you contact your own National Governing Body of Sport to see what advice, guidance and tools they have in place to support. Please find a full list of NGBs Safeguarding details here.

The current Designated Child Protection Officer for Living Sport is:

Claire Thorby

Deputy CEO

01487 849923


The current Deputy Designated Child Protection Office for Living Sport is:

Sarah Bateman

Finance, HR & Office Coordinator

01487 849921


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