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Safeguarding is an Active Derbyshire priority.

Safe sport and physical activity

Active Derbyshire takes the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk very seriously - and we have put together this section as a guide to those who can be affected.

In sport, as in other areas of life, we recognise that children, young people and adults at risk can be more vulnerable to harm, abuse and bullying so we are committed to promoting safe opportunities to take part in sport in Derbyshire and Derby.

The right to be treated fairly

If you are a young person, you have the right to be treated fairly and have fun playing sport. If something is worrying you, don't keep it to yourself and click on the link to find out what to do.

As a parent or carer, you will want your child to have a positive time when taking part in sport and to do this in a safe and friendly environment and you can also find out more about safeguarding from a coaches, volunteers and leaders point of view, along with the support given.

In addition, read about Active Derbyshire commitment to safeguarding and the partners who help us ensure it remains a priority.

Margaret Blount

Margaret Blount

Deputy Director

Active Derbyshire

Margaret has spent many a day as a 'taxi driver' for her cyclist daughters, and, with a husband who's also keen to get in the saddle, it's a good job she's grown to like it as her favourite sport otherwise 'she would be an outcast, or go mad'.

As such, her top sportsman is Olympic track cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy - 'he's achieved so much and seems like a really nice bloke too' - but she does physical activity rather than sport because the latter 'generally ends up with me getting hurt.'

"Mounting biking at Cannock Chase with clip in pedals for the first (and only) time was memorable," she says. "I fell off the bike at least seven times. Never again. I love driving, but my family think I am rubbish at it." Much safer are her hobbies of going to 'nice' coffee shops and the cinema.

Margaret was working for Sport England East Midlands office at the time that County Sport Partnerships were beginning to be actively supported by Sport England and joined Derbyshire Sport when a relevant post came up.

Key work areas

  • Business Planning
  • Improvement Planning
  • Safeguarding and Equity
  • Data Management and reporting
  • Governance processes
  • Finance
  • HR
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Good practice among organisations

As a club or organisation you will want to adopt and apply good practice when dealing with children, young people and adults at risk to protect your participants/members and to protect your coaches and volunteers.

Partners, meanwhile, can seek guidance in ensuring your policies and procedures reflect best practice and that your employees and volunteers have the skills required to deliver good quality sessions and support others to do so too.

You can also view the Active Derbyshire Safeguarding Policy and accompanying documents and our commitment to promoting safe opportunities.