Safeguarding Individuals with Additional Needs

Coaches, volunteers, and officials are in a privileged position and have significant opportunities to build strong trusted relationships with people in their care. They are well placed to recognise signs that a child or adult may be being abused.

Some individuals may be more susceptible to abuse due to a range of additional needs, this can be linked to their disability, sexuality and through performance sport.

The below links are designed to help sports clubs and organisations to support individuals with additional needs or vulnerabilities to participate in sport and physical activity within your setting. They provide additional information on what clubs and organisations need to consider about participants to maximise their enjoyment of sport and physical activity.

The below link to information on the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) who are the experts in this field. It will help organisations to consider how to engage with people with additional needs or vulnerabilities and encourage them to seek any relevant information to ensure the activity takes a person-centred approach.

Disabled Children and Young People


Talented / Elite Young People

LGBTQ+ Young People

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