Energize, alongside a host of national and regional partners, work to ensure adults with a care and support need have a safe environment to take part in sport and physical activity. We've met the Ann Craft Trust Safeguarding Adults in Sport Framework as part of our commitment to safeguarding adults at risk.

We're here to provide signposting to resources, policies and local experts in safeguarding adults with a care and support need.


Energize STW Safeguarding Adults in Sport Policy & Procedures

This policy includes:

  • Types of abuse and neglect
  • Signs and indicators of abuse
  • What to do if you have a concern
  • Incident reporting form

Refer a concern

If you have a safeguarding concern about a local sports organisation or activity please contact us via [email protected] or contact our Lead Safeguarding Officer Harry Cade

If you are affiliated to a national governing body of sport you can refer concerns direct to your NGB safeguarding lead or contact our Sport Welfare Manager for further advice and guidance Leah Goode

If you believe an adult is in immediate danger, call the emergency services on 999

Support Agencies

The following organisations have a safeguarding responsibility and are available in different capacities to support safe active environments for adults with a care and support need:

Ann Craft Trust

The Ann Craft Trust are a leading UK authority on Safeguarding Adults at Risk and can provide extensive resources and templates, advice and guidance and also have a useful “message an expert” function.

Ann Craft Trust

Safeguarding Adults boards

Local Safeguarding Partnership Boards have been set up by local authorities and co-ordinate the local provision for adult protection in each respective county.

National Governing Bodies of sport (NGB's) 

NGB’s provide sport and activity specific safeguarding support. A list of all recognised NGB’s can be found here: Sport England list of NGBs

Other sources of information and support

Action on Elder Abuse (Hourglass)

A national organisation which aims to prevent the abuse of older people by raising awareness, encouraging education, promoting research and collecting and disseminating information. Click here to access their website or contact them on 0808 808 8141.

National 24Hour Freephone Domestic Abuse Helplines

Tel: 0808 2000 247 or visit their website here


Respond is a national charity providing therapy and specialist support services to people with learning disabilities, autism or both who have experienced abuse, violence or trauma. Click here to access their website or contact them on 020 7383 0700.

Victim Support 

Provides practical advice and help, emotional support, and reassurance to those who have suffered the effects of a crime. Click here to access their website or contact them on 0808 168 9111 

Women’s Aid Federation of England and Wales

Women’s Aid is a national domestic violence charity. Click here to access their website or to access their online help service click here

Travel/Trips Away

If working with vulnerable adults, and planning travel or trips away, gain written consent from the correct people and fill out relevant checklists and information forms. This must be the adult themselves if they have capacity to do so.

Additional Resources

Due to the coronavirus there are some additional resources available to support you with safeguarding adults.

Ann Craft Trust

ACT have collaborated with Club Matters on a new guide to safeguarding adults in sport during the Covid-19 pandemic. To view the new guide please click here

ACT have also introduced a Safeguarding Twitter Hour on Wednesdays from 12-1pm and they would like as many people as possible to participate – you can raise a question and get involved in discussion on the issues that are important to you. Their Twitter handle is: @AnnCraftTrust


Mind have worked with ACT to create a Safeguarding in Sport Toolkit which shares advice and guidance for sports clubs, groups and delivery organisations to help them support their participants’ mental health. The guide can be found here

Safeguarding Training & Resources

You can find further training by accessing our training page.