Active Clubs

Active Devon recognises that safeguarding is about more than just policies and procedures and as such ensures all members of staff are checked and undertake Safeguarding and Protecting Children training. 

This training, orgainsed by Active Devon, is open to clubs, coaches, volunteers and the general public.  To find details of the next available course, please click here. 

Safeguarding & Protecting Children

Child Protection in Sport Unit has launched a self-assessment tool which organisations can use to check that they are doing everything they can to keep children and young people safe in sport. The tool will take you through the standards for safeguarding children in sport developed by the Child Protection in Sport Unit. There are simple questions for each of the nine standards elements which will help you assess what your organisation still needs to do. There is an information pack to guide you through each step in a bit more detail.

On Line Safety – New support and guidance from the NSPCC

The NSPCC has produced a new e-learning training tool to keep you up-to-date on teaching children the principles of online safety, helping to prevent abuse from happening. Click here for more information.  

DBS Update service: Youtube videos

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has produced 2 YouTube videos, one aimed at applicants and one aimed at employers, to show you how the Update Service can work for you. They can be viewed here (employers) and here (applicants).

Applicant only disclosure and update service

From June 2013 organisations are no longer automatically sent a copy of disclosures from the DBS for individuals undertaking roles for them. Only one disclosure will be issued by the DBS for each applicant and it will be sent to the applicant only. Organisations will now need to obtain the disclosure from applicants. Applicants are also able to subscribe to the update service. 

The Sport and Recreation Alliance has appointed Brabners Chaffe Street to draft model regulations to help organisations manage:

the process for getting the disclosure from individuals;
individuals subscribed to the update service.
The model regulations can be downloaded from their website together with a range of other useful information including information on the update service and the DBS newsletter

The NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) has launched a new website to ensure all sports organisations have access to the resources they need to safeguard children. The website will provide sports organisations with the most up to date advice, guidance and practice on safeguarding children in sport. The website features a free resource library containing video clips, practice briefings, template forms, policy statements and downloadable toolkits, all of which will help organisations ensure they have the right safeguards in place. Visit the new CPSU website at  

Devon Safeguarding Children Board - New Website

The Devon Safeguarding Children Board has a new website. This website is not sports specific but contains tools and links which might be of interest. Click here to view the website.  

Department for Education guidance

The Department for Education has published its guidance on ‘Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children’.

The new revised guidance is a single 97 page document replacing the following: Working together to safeguard children (2010), the Framework for the assessment of children in need and their families (2000) and Statutory guidance on making arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 (2007). The new guidance will come in to effect from April 15 2013.

Click here to view this guidance. 

New single safeguarding website for Devon

A new single website with information regarding safeguarding children and adults has been launched. A joint initiative from Devon's Safeguarding Children Board and Safeguarding Adults Board, the new-look website combines previously separate sites and includes access to workforce development and training opportunities.

DBS (formerly CRB) information sheet

To help volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations understand the new DBS (formerly CRB) checking process. The sheet provides guidance on whether a check should be undertaken and if a particular position falls within ‘Regulated Activity’. It also looks at the wider safeguarding process and provides links to other useful resources.

The Safe Network provides information and resources for community and voluntary sector organisations to help keep children safe.  It provides safeguarding information related to activities outside the home. For more information and to check whether your child or group is safe, click on their website link here:

Check & Challenge tool

The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) has launched a Partnership Check and Challenge Tool to help keep children safe in sport and physical activity. It is a free resource for any organisation working in partnership to provide sport activities for children and young people. The tool is a simple-to-use checklist to ensure that children and young people are safe when taking part in sport and physical activities.

The resource:

  • outlines the key aspects of safeguarding and protecting children and young people
  • outlines the safeguarding responsibilities of each partner organisation.
  • encourages partners to clarify and agree key safeguarding roles prior to the activities commencing.

You can access the tool by simply clicking here.

Understanding Grooming

There's a new update on 'Understanding the Grooming and Entrapment Process' of young people available on the NSPCC website, please click here to access. 

Safety for those who are deaf or disabled

Sporting  organisations  have  a  responsibility  for  ensuring  the  safety  of  all  young people  including  those  who  are  deaf  or  disabled.

The  CPSU  recognises  that  provision  of  appropriate  resources  and  training  are  key elements  to  ensure  that  clubs  develop  a  culture  of  inclusivity  where  the  needs  and additional  vulnerability  of  disabled  children  are  addressed  with  confidence. They are  in the  process  of  developing  a  new  training  resource  which  will  include  a  DVD  and training  plans. In the interim a briefing paper has been produced which can be viewed by clicking here.

The welfare, safety and protection of young people is a priority for Active Devon. We aim to ensure children can participate in their chosen sport and physical activity in a fun, friendly and safe environment.

Active Devon takes a proactive approach to the implementation of policies and procedures relating to the safeguarding and protection of children and young people in sport and as such has it's own Safeguarding & Protecting children Policy.  We also practice what we preach and have achieved the Intermediate Level of the NSPCC Standard for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Clubs in recognition the key achievements made by our organisation.

Our Safeguarding & Protecting children Policy may be used to help you develop a Child Protection Policy for your club.  If you wish to have a copy of the document in word format, please e-mail (putting 'Safeguarding & Protecting children Policy' in the e-mail title.)  If you wish to find child protection policies for specific sports please contact the relevant National Governing Bodies.

The designated Lead Safeguarding Officer is Karen Jones.  The role and key function of the designated Lead Safeguarding Officer are listed in the policy.  To contact the designated Lead Safeguarding Officer email or call her on 01392 925150 (office) or 07970 544406 (mobile).

We welcome the views of young people and their parents / carers on any of our policies or support material.  If you would like to give us your thoughts or contribute towards new Safeguarding Policy please contact Karen Jones or call her on 01392 925150 (office) or 07970 544406 (mobile).

Sometimes things do go wrong. If this happens we need you to tell us so that we can try and put it right and stop it happening to others. The Devon County Council Customer Feedback Policy can be viewed at