We are committed to the ‘Sport England Sport Equality Scheme’ (2012). Sport England’s definition of Sports Equality:
“Sports equality is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure that it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.”
Our commitment to equality continues to be implemented through the creation of wider opportunities and encouraging increased participation in sport and physical activity for everyone at all levels and in all roles, irrespective of any of the protected characteristics i.e. age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity, race (which includes colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins), sexual orientation, religion or belief, or because someone is married or in a civil partnership).
We are committed to:
- Increasing awareness of equality in employment across Active Lancashire by, for example, offering training opportunities and demonstrating a balanced representation of participants through the display of visual images etc.
- Being advised by the local, regional and national Sport Equality Partners on improvements in practice;
- Promoting inclusive behaviour and best practice;
- Ensuring representation of priority groups on the Active Lancashire Board and networks;
- Promoting an understanding of the current and potential service user profile to Active Lancashire;
- Influencing best use of resources to address inequalities in participation and provision;
- Promoting innovative schemes to encourage priority groups into sport;
- Promoting the use of monitoring and evaluation to increase the participation of the priority groups;
- Securing and committing resources to achieving equality in service planning and delivery; and
- Supporting the legal responsibilities placed on Active Lancashire.
The Active Lancashire Board has endorsed our Equality Policy and the partnerships commitment towards achieving the Equality Standard - A framework for Sport.
Click here to view Active Lancashire's Equality Policy and Statement.
We take the welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously.
Safeguarding and Protecting Children & Adults
We promote the safety and welfare of children, young people and adults engaged in sporting activities locally. We aim to contribute to safeguarding children, young people and adults by:
- Meeting the requirements of the Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport (CPSU second edition) and the Ann Craft Trust
- Implementing and demonstrating best safeguarding practice when staff, volunteers or others are providing services, activities and programmes for children, young people and adults
- Formulation of a Safeguarding Children in Sport group to work with partners to establish, consistent safeguarding standards for sports activities
- Requiring those individuals or organisations that are funded or commissioned to provide any services for children, young people and adults to effectively address safeguarding requirements
- Maximising its influence to promote safeguarding practice and principles within its wider partnership roles and relationships
To minimise the possibility of abuse to those people at risk in sporting environments, we are committed to working in partnership with all agencies to ensure that information and training opportunities are available for coaches, staff and volunteers to guide them in best practice when working with all children, young people and vulnerable adults.
For information and Guidance on Safeguarding and Protecting Children in sport can be found by accessing the NSPCC Safeguarding Support Toolkit for Sports Programmes.
For information on Safeguarding Adults in Sport can be found by clicking here to the Ann Craft Trust website.
What To Do If You Need Help
If you are a sports club looking for more detailed information on child protection in sport, please visit the Child Protection in Sport Unit website. This includes links to excellent resources and publications, including the Safesport Away guide for clubs taking children and young people away on trips.
Here at Active Lancashire we have two designated Safeguarding officers:
Safeguarding Lead Officer
Tel: 01772 299830
Deputy Safeguarding officer
Tel: 01772 299830
Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 01772 299830