Safeguarding

Report a Safeguarding Concern

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David Gentles – Safeguarding Lead, London Sport

Regular office hours:

During office hours, please contact David Gentles (London Sport Relationship Manager) or Lawrence Roots (London Sport Grants and Governance Officer).

Out of hours:

If you have any out-of-hours concerns please visit London safeguarding children board for relevant local contacts.


During the covid-19 outbreak, we’ve created an additional safeguarding page with advice and resources to address the specific challenges of this period. Click here.


Safeguarding Advice, Training and Guidance

Find a safeguarding course

If you are over 18 and need to attend a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop,  visit out events page to see when we are next running a course.If you are over 18 and have previously attended a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop but require a renewal, there is an e-Learning option: Online Safeguarding & Protecting Children Renewal.

For any enquiries related to the safeguarding courses, please email safeguarding@londonsport.org.

Safeguarding advice for organisations, coaches and individuals

The sporting community, like other areas of our society, recognises the need to protect children from individuals who may abuse their positions of responsibility. There are a number of steps that a sporting or leisure organisation can take to safeguard children and young people.

Below are some useful resources in this area:

Child protection in sport training programmes

There are various training programmes available to make sure you or your organisation can ensure the safety of young people and vulnerable adults. The CPSU promote and deliver the following courses:

  • Basic safeguarding courses and workshops
  • National Governing Bodies of Sport who deliver safeguarding courses
  • Distance learning programmes
  • Designated person and welfare officer training

London Sport organise Safeguarding and Protecting Children courses. For more information on the courses we are running visit the London Sport course booking page.

Visit the CPSU website for more information on these courses.


Our safeguarding policies

Children and Young People

London Sport have achieved the advanced level of the safeguarding and protecting children in Sport standard, accredited by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU – part of the NSPCC). Our annual implementation plan, approved by Sport England and the CPSU demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement in this area.

We also provide guidance to partners to ensure sporting and physical activity opportunities within London is provided to the highest possible standard of care.

London Sport Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy

Adult safeguarding

We are committed to working in partnership with organisations delivering sport within the capital, to promote the best practice when working with adults at risk.

As a result, London Sport have developed an Adult Safeguarding Policy, which we believe will help us all to safeguard adults at risk from potential abuse and exploitation, as well as protecting staff, volunteers and other adults in positions of responsibility from allegations.

London Sport Adult Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Adults in Sport and Activity is a project funded by Sport England to help National Governing Bodies, Active Partnerships, regional partnerships and sport and physical activity organisations to develop best practice in safeguarding adults at risk.

For further information visit the Ann Craft Trust website.