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Child Protection in Sport Unit

Child Protection in SportWhat is the Child Protection in Sport Unit?

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is a partnership between the NSPCCSport EnglandSport Northern Ireland and Sport Wales.

(In Scotland, there's a similar partnership between Children 1st andsportscotland.)

The Unit was founded in 2001 to work with UK Sports Councils, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) and other organisations to help them minimise the risk of child abuse during sporting activities.

This followed a series of high profile cases of abuse of young athletes by those in positions of trust such as coaches in the sports.

An introduction to the CPSU

The CPSU works to help achieve the NSPCC mission to end child abuse.

Our mission is to build the capacity of sports to safeguard children and young people in and through sport and to enable sports organisations to lead the way in keeping children safe from harm.

We aim to achieve this by:

  • being a lead voice, champion, pioneer UK wide and internationally
  • providing expert safeguarding and child protection advice to sports organisations
  • contributing safeguarding knowledge to their policies, procedures and programmes
  • developing and delivering sports specific training, resources and guidance
  • coordinating, lobbying and advocating on behalf of the sports sector in response to government consultations
  • commissioning and supporting research into a range of issues, developing understanding and an evidence base
  • consulting with children and young people
  • working with international organisations to promote safeguarding work with other countries
Child Protection in Sport Unit


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