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Thank you for taking time to visit the Northern Ireland Sports Forum’s (NISF) Safeguarding section. This section was developed by the NISF in partnership with the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit. To find out more about our Access NI services please visit our dedicated page

NI Sport Forum Board have agreed the following Policy and Mission Statement on Safeguarding.

NISF Statement of Commitment to Safeguarding Young People in Sport

Safeguarding Children and Young People is a responsibility of all those who come into contact with them. The Northern Ireland Sport’s Forum is committed to promoting best practice which safeguards children and young people and as part of an organisation’s membership with NISF we will require those registering for membership to sign up to the following statement.

Members Statement

What Organisations/Club’s Should Do

Sport is an every-day activity for many children and makes a significant contribution to their wellbeing and development. All sports have a duty to safeguard children from abuse within their sport. They also have a role in recognising and responding to concerns that a child may be being harmed within another setting, such as the family home or school. By encouraging all Governing Bodies to implement the Safeguarding Children in Sport Standards the NISF believes that everyone in children’s sport will benefit – children, parents/guardians and leaders. These standards include;

  • Organisational responsibility for safeguarding
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Effective Management of Staff and Volunteers
  • Reporting Guidelines that are communicated to all involved in the club
  • Code of Behaviour
  • Sharing Information
  • General Safety and Management of Activities

For further information or advice please contact; Paul Stephenson
Child Protection in Sport Unit
NSPCC, Jennymount Court, North Derby Street, Belfast, BT15 3HN
Tel: 028 90 351135 | Email:

For club’s you can download the Club Framework for Safeguarding Standards in Sport which will help clubs review their own procedures below.

You can view the Safeguarding Children in Sport – Strategic Group 3-Year Plan 2021 – 2024 below.