Safeguarding is all the things an organisation puts in place to keep the people in it’s care safe. It's things like, risk assessments, safeguarding training and awareness for volunteers and service users, policies, reporting procedures, background checks, etc.

It is our priority to ensure that everyone can take part in opportunities that are inclusive, enjoyable and within safe environments.

Special Olympics GB is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and adults and strives for the highest levels of accountability in promoting the welfare of all children and adults and their right to be protected from harm.  

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is preventing and reducing the risk of harm from abuse or other types of exploitation.

This means, safeguarding is all the things we do and put in place to prevent abuse and exploitation from taking place.

This includes DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)/PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) checks, safer recruitment checks, risk assessments, policies and procedures and awareness training are all vital parts of a robust and effective safeguarding framework. 

In addition to a strong safeguarding framework, it’s important to have a positive safeguarding culture and a good understanding of it embedded into everything we do. 

By having all of the above in place, Special Olympics GB can ensure all of our athletes, volunteers, family members, staff and the public can enjoy Special Olympics sporting activity safely.