National Safeguarding Unit (NSU) - Safe Activities For Everyone

Find out more about unaffiliated sports and what support there is availiable.  

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Many sports groups decide not to become affiliated with their National Governing Body. The Safe Network is here to help and support these groups.

First things first


What is an affiliated / unaffiliated sports club?

An affiliated club is a member of or joined to a sports National Governing Body (NGB). There are many benefits for affiliated clubs e.g. support and advice, opportunity to attend workshops, your sports NGB will be able to provide further details on the benefits.

Unaffiliated is the opposite, the sports club would run for individual purposes and would not adhere to any NGB rules, support and guidance.

How can a sports club become affiliated?

If your sports club would like to become affiliated, contact your sports National Governing Body (NGB) who will assist you further and tell you the criteria to do so.

For further support and information for affiliated sports visit the CPSU page.


Working together 


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Resources for unaffiliated sports

Safeguarding toolkit for sports programmes 
The safeguarding toolkit is intended to help ensure that all children and young people engaged in Sport activities are effectively safeguarded.

High Quality Community Sport for Young People
This high quality activity guidance was developed in partnership with the CPSU, Sport England, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), key partners from youth & voluntary sectors, governing bodies of sport and county sport partnerships. The guidance incorporates minimum operating standards for safeguarding children and young people. Published by Sport England (2009).

Runningsports
Created and funded by Sport England, runningsport support sports volunteers and the people who manage them. Whatever sport you're involved in, whichever level you work at, Runningsport have a huge number of resources that can help you save time, access funding and attract more members.

Boy playingtable tennisAre they safe? pack
Use this free pack if you’re a community group or club that works with children and provides activities such as arts, drama, music, religious teaching, youth services and early years or after school care. 

Keeping our children safe; Raising awareness in black and minority ethnic communities
The Safe Network has developed this resource to help facilitators and trainers raise awareness of child protection issues in black and minority ethnic communities.

Sample templates
The Safe Network provides organistaions with sample templates, this enables groups to copy and use to ensure all their safeguarding needs are met.

FREE enquiry Service
If you can’t find the information you need or have a specific enquiry, the Safe Network team are here to help and provide FREE safeguarding advice.

Core safeguarding standards and online self assessment tool
Set of national core standards, designed to help non-statutory organisations put in place clear safeguarding arrangements for children and young people.
The Safe Network Standards cover four essential safeguarding areas:


Safe organisations, safe children
A modular training resource suitable for all trainers with any level of experience in delivering training for keeping children safe, in voluntary and community organisations or otherwise.

Next steps 

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Reporting a concern
How to respond to child abuse or the suspicion of abuse.

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