Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) is committed to providing safe, enjoyable activities and sporting opportunities for young people and adults at risk.

  • We have a moral and a legal obligation to ensure that highest possible standard of care for those children, young people and adults who use our service.
  • We believe that children, young people and adults at risk have the right to be safe, secure and free from threat.
  • We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with respect and to have their concerns listened to and acted upon.

To this end, the following policy documents have been compiled for guidance and to raise awareness for all staff working for or with SASP, whether paid or unpaid.

Are you a young person? Is something worrying you? Don't keep it to yourself, tell an adult you trust as soon as possible.

You can contact us about anything. Whatever your worry, it's better out than in. We're here to support you any way we can.

Call our office on 01823 653990 and ask to speak to either Laura Carter or Jane Knowles, or contact us online here.

We aren't on the end of the phone 24:7 but you can always call Childline on 0800 1111. Calls to them are free from landlines & mobiles in the UK. And they won't show up on your phone bill. Even if you don't have credit on your mobile phone you can still call them.

Take a look at Childline's Sport and Exercise Info for advice on issues relating to sport.

Remember – Don't let anyone spoil the fun. Sport IS fun – it lets you make new friends, try out new activities and amaze yourself with what you can do.

Useful links:

Thinkuknow - for online and offline safety advice and support

National Bullying Helpline - for help and advice on bullying in school and online

Childline - support for you online or over the phone

Stonewall - help and advice for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies

Useful Resources

Safeguarding Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to provide both an understanding of the importance of key safeguarding considerations and practical resources that organisations can promote or adapt.

Child Protection in Sport Unit

The Child Protection in Sport Unit provides useful resources for safeguarding for sports events; briefing papers and good practice advice; toolkits; standards and frameworks.

They also provide many different learning resources through video clips as well as providing regular updates on different topics that effect everyone in sport.

Ann Craft Trust

The Ann Craft Trust [ACT] supports the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors from across the UK to protect disabled children and adults at risk. They offer training programmes to consultation services, with the goal of improving standards of safeguarding and raise the levels of best practice across health, social care and education.

Sport England Club Matters

Club Matters has a wide range of tools, guidance and resources that cover all aspects of running a sports club or group – everything's free, bitesize and simple to use. This section includes what you should know about welfare and safeguarding, getting the right polices in place and health and safety needs to consider. It also references further support and advice from the Child Protection in Sport Unit and the Ann Craft Trust.

Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership

The partnership responsible for safeguarding children in Somerset was redesigned as of 29 September 2019, as part of new arrangements introduced nationally. The statutory changes mean that Somerset County Council is no longer the single lead for co-ordinating safeguarding arrangements for children, and there is a tripartite responsibility for safeguarding children in the local area.

Three organisations – the Somerset County Council, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group – now have joint and equal responsibility to safeguard children and young people, under the name of the Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership. Further information about the new safeguarding arrangements can be found here.

Adult Safeguarding Resources

The LGA and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Safeguarding Network have worked with key partners to bring together a consolidated list of key safeguarding resources for council, care provider and wider partners' staff. You can access it here.

DBS Guidance

The CPSU have put together a webpage which details some useful information with regards to understanding DBS checks in sport and which roles are eligible.

They have also produced a podcast which talks about the basics of DBS checks in sport - listen here.

You can also find further information on the DBS website.

Safeguarding & COVID-19


Sports clubs and activities had to be cancelled and sports organisations looked at how they could stay in touch with their teams and club members when face-to-face activity wasn't an option.

The NSPCC created some useful safeguarding guidance for schools who introduced remote teaching to keep in touch with students at home. Further to this guidance, the CPSU (Child Protection in Sport Unit) provided additional information that may be specific to sports clubs and organisations. You can find this here. Kent Sport also put together some fantastic resources for online learning, including top tips, checklists and risk assessments.


Th Ann Craft Trust support organisations to safeguard adults and young people at risk and minimise the risk of harm. They put together advice, tips and resources to help keep you and the people you care for safe and informed during lockdown, and beyond. You can access this here.

Reporting Concerns / Useful Contacts

SASP Safeguarding Lead - Laura Carter 01823 653990 /

Somerset FA County Designated Safeguarding Lead - Shirley Needham 01458 837034 / 07535 664988 /

Somerset Cricket Board County Welfare Officer - Ray Hancock 01823 444779 /

Somerset RFU County Safeguarding Manager - Tracey Sweetland 07866 405758 /

Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership (and Adult Social Care) - 0300 123 2224

Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership - Early Help Advice Hub on 01823 355803

Childline - 0800 1111

NSPCC helpline - 0808 800 5000

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    Somerset CCG
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
  • British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
  • Channel Adventure
    Somerset Community Foundation
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK