Safeguarding and Welfare

North Yorkshire Sport is committed to making sport a safer place for all young people and adults to participate in across North Yorkshire and York. We firmly believe that everyone has the right to take part in sport and physical activity free from harm, bullying or persecution and that being active can play a significant role in the social, emotional, physical and moral development of young people and adults. Sport and physical activity helps people grow and develop, and can provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement. Through an active lifestyle young people and adults can develop valuable qualities such as leadership, confidence and self-esteem.

Everyone has the right to have fun, be safe and free from harm whether training for a local team, playing for a local club or representing their sport and country at international level.

North Yorkshire Sport has a duty of care for young people and adults at risk who take part in activities, or access services, that we provide (Children’s Act 2004 / The Care Act 2014) and our role and procedures are outlined in our Safeguarding Children & Safeguarding Adults Policies.

We take our duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of young people and adults at risk very seriously and it is a fundamental part of all aspects of work for the charity. Working with coaches, clubs and volunteers we will educate and support those delivering sport and physical activity within North Yorkshire & York (either on our behalf or part of the sporting landscape), ensuring young people and adults can enjoy and get the very best from their involvement in sport. We have policies and procedures in place that can help raise awareness and support those working in sport, giving them the knowledge of what they need to do to protect young people and adults involved in sport and to minimise avoidable risks.

What to do if you need help

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child within a sport & physical activity setting then please contact our designated safeguarding officers to seek advice or to report this:

Garth de Roux
Active Communities Manager & Operational Safeguarding Lead (1st point of contact for concerns)
01423 637662 (also available while out of the office)


Simon Pierce

Health & Wellbeing Manager & Deputy Safeguarding Lead Officer
01423 637657 or 07414911218


Damien Smith
Director of Operations (& Strategic Safeguarding Lead)
01423 637652 (also available while out of the office)

If you have any serious concerns you can contact North Yorkshire & York Police on 101 for Non-Emergencies or 999 or 0845 606024 for emergencies.

If you are a child or young person who needs help, please go to the NSPCC Helpline website or the Childline website.

If you are an adult who needs help or advice, please visit this section of our website or the Ann Craft Trust website.

If you are a sports club looking for support and guidance on child protection in sport, please visit our dedicated clubs section or the Child Protection in Sport Unit.

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