Safeguarding in Sport

At the University of Edinburgh, sport is an important part of the student experience and we want all our students to participate in a safe and fun environment. Children and young people have the right to rest, leisure and play under Article 31 of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCR). This includes the right to be provided with appropriate and equal opportunities for recreational and leisure activity. Access to sport and leisure activities supports a range of rights under the UNCRC, including the right to health, the right to join groups and clubs, and the right for children and young people to have their voices heard.

Participation in sport at UoE involves students, coaches, physios, staff and a variety of other roles - it is everyone's responsibility to respond to any wellbeing or protection issues involving a child or young person, regardless of whether it is related to sport or not. All adults working with children and young people should know how to respond to a child/young person who may be in need of help.

Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport is a partnership between Children 1st and sportscotland that helps ensure children and young people stay safe and have fun while taking part in sport.

They provide:

  • advice on a wide range of issues, including case specific advice and support regarding any child protection or wellbeing issue.
  • consultancy to help sports organisations develop ways to keep children and young people safe.
  • training to develop understanding about child wellbeing and protection for coaches, clubs, governing bodies and board or committee members.
  • resources including policy templates, topic specific briefings and regular updates.

Access the EUSU Safeguarding Policy here.

Protected and Vulnerable Adults

Ann Craft Trust (ACT) is the UK agency for safeguarding Adults in Sport and has developed resources and training and can advise on protected and vulnerable adults.  The ACT guidance documents are predominantly aligned to English legislation however the core messaging and instruction remains relevant in a Scottish context.  Below are links to some SGB Protected Adult policies which take a rights based approached and broader view that all adults within sport should be safeguarded and that some adults are at greater risk than others.


Report a Concern

If you have a concern about a young person or vulnerable adult please use our reporting form HERE.


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