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Safeguarding shouldn’t just be there for when something goes wrong. It should be embedded into everything the club does.

For advice you can contact us on 01509 277911 or besafe@englandnetball.co.uk.

To raise a concern please click here: England Netball | I want to report a Safeguarding Concern

For our newsletters click here: England Netball | Safeguarding Communications



    • A Club Safeguarding Officer (CSO) or Welfare officer (see role description in the documents at the bottom of this page). Ideally this person should not be a club chair or a coach.
    • A club safeguarding policy (listed here: England Netball | Safeguarding Policies and Guidance)
    • People involved in regular contact with children or adults at risk should have the relevant training (more information here: England Netball | Training and Education
    • The CSO, coaches and anyone having regular contact with children and adults at risk should have an up-to-date enhanced DBS check (more information here: England Netball | DBS)
    • The CSO should ensure their details are publicly available and shared with players, parents, volunteers and coaches.
    • The CSO should keep an up-to-date record of the training and DBS checks mentioned above and ensure people renew these every 3 years


A useful checklist for the start of each season England Netball | Club Start of Season Support

Useful pages to assess your club’s safeguarding effectiveness: Sports safeguarding tools (thecpsu.org.uk) or Culture in Clubs & Groups Self Evaluation – Ann Craft Trust

Information on age bands, including young players ‘playing-up’ into adult teams: England Netball | Competition Governance


Do you have following in place?

Involving parents and carers

The best clubs ensure parents know how to support their children and keep them safe. They also communicate regularly with parents and carers about safeguarding matters. Some ideas here on how to do this. Encouraging Parents to be Part of the Team – UK Coaching  and Communicating with Parents – UK Coaching.

Parents are encouraged to ask questions and to contribute ideas to the club. The club should have clear expectations of parents’ behaviour towards players and coaches during matches.

The following page has advice for parents involved in netball. England Netball | I’m a netball Parent or Carer

Involving children/young people and adults at risk

Safeguarding should be a subject that children, young people and adults at risk are familiar with in your club – not just who the Safeguarding Officer is, but where to find out more information. Young people and adults at risk should be consulted with and listened to. You could consider regularly seeking feedback via meetings, 1:1 chats or surveys about how the club is run, opinions on the coaching style etc. See here for more ideas:

Players should be encouraged to ask questions and to contribute ideas to the club. The club should have clear expectations of players’ behaviour.

The following pages have advice for Young People, and for Adults at Risk

Considering the role of coaches

Coaches are there to facilitate sessions that are fun and involve everyone, as well as improve technique and performance. Clubs, volunteers, parents and players should look out for coach practices that fall below what is expected, develop into poor practice or present safeguarding issues. Coaches should involve players and parents/carers; encouraging them to ask questions, to support the coach and the players and to get involved.

The following page has advice for coaches: England Netball | I’m a netball Coach


Guidance on the following is available via the document links at the bottom of this page:

    • recognising, responding to and preventing abuse and poor practice
    • some typical case examples and what to do
    • safe recruitment
    • adult to child ratios
    • day, overnight and foreign trips
    • extreme weather
    • printable safeguarding posters
    • codes of conduct
    • medical and photographic consent forms
    • social media, photography and live streaming
    • for all other policies and guidance documents click here: England Netball | Safeguarding Policies and Guidance
And for when you have a concern

The documents below might help you (hit the LOAD MORE + button for more documents):

  • “Example Concerns and what to do”
  • “Recognising, Responding to and Preventing Abuse”
  • “Recognising, Responding to and Preventing Poor Practice”

NSPCC ‘Say Something’   (1 minute)

Responding to a Child’s Disclosure of Abuse | NSPCC (youtube.com)  (2.5 minutes)

And for Adults: What should I say…? Advice for Starting Difficult Conversations – Ann Craft Trust

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