Our brand new webinar series, Talking Topics, will provide members with a new interactive way of engaging with our corporate partners and other members for support and learning around a range of areas.

We are excited to announce that our current block of interactive sessions will be focused on safeguarding. Please see more information on each session below:

Book now to subscribe to the full Talking Topics - Safeguarding Programme 




10:00 - 11:00 am


Safeguarding in sport is a complex issue and the risk faced by national associations and their clubs seems to be ever widening.

Insurance cover is available to help protect you against the financial cost of claims arising from safeguarding incidents, but it is often unclear how this cover operates and what your obligations are to ensure you can rely on insurers' support. In this session from our insurance broker partner, Howden, supported by legal firm Browne Jacobson, we will discuss:

  • How safeguarding insurance can protect your organisation
  • The types of allegations you could expect to face in the event of a claim
  • What information you should be disclosing to insurers

Gateley Legal


 9:00 - 10:00 am


Pauline Munro (Partner) and Kate Oliver (Senior Associate) in Gateley’s regulatory department are regularly involved in high level sport which gives them a real understanding of how to deal with safeguarding issues from both a governing/management and player's perspective.  

Pauline and Kate often advise clients in the sports sector on safeguarding issues, ranging from developing and drafting safeguarding regimes from scratch all the way through to dealing with serious safeguarding disclosures which are referred to external authorities such as local authorities or the police. Kate is well placed as an accredited police station representative with over 10 years’ experience in advising individuals, directors and officers when they are subject to information requests.  

Pauline and Kate will be delivering a webinar for members dealing with topics such as:

  • Why safeguarding is important in the sports sector
  • The impact of the Interim Whyte QC and Sheldon QC reports
  • How to successfully manage and deal with a safeguarding investigation

Sport 80

10:00 - 11:00 am


Technology can help create safer sport. In this session, leading sports technology company, Sport:80 (and guests) discuss:

  • How technology is being utilised by governing bodies of sport to make sport safer
  • The digital transformation of safeguarding processes and importance of e-learning
  • An exploration into how US NGBs have adopted an innovative approach to tackling their safeguarding challenges

Air IT


Session 1


13:00 - 14:00 pm







 Session 2 

9:15 - 12:45 pm











 Ann Craft Trust and the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit 

25 May  














Air IT, who recently acquired long-standing Sport and Recreation Alliance partners, Microtrading Ltd, will provide:

  • Advice and guidance in relation to safeguarding along with details of the significant cyber threat faced by the sports sector
  • As a result, your organisation will be better equipped to understand and manage its obligations and how IT should be an integral part of your safeguarding strategy

1-to-1 Workshops:

Air IT will be offering Sport and Recreation Alliance
 members the opportunity to take part in a 30 minute 1-to-1 workshop session with one of their cyber security specialists on the morning of Friday 14 May. The available slots are as follows:

 9:15 – 9:45am
10:00 – 10:30am
10:45 – 11:15am
11:30 – 12:00pm
12:15 – 12:45pm

The purpose of these 1-to 1 sessions is to review the existing IT measures your organisation has in place to safeguard its system and identify areas for improvement. To book one of these slots email events@sportandrecreation.org.uk


Implementing safeguards for adults and children in your organisation 

Nicola Dean (Safeguarding Adults and Sport Manager ACT) and Laura Whapham (Child Protection in Sport Senior Consultant Wales CPSU) from the Ann Craft Trust and the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit are working together to support the sport ‚Äčand activity sector to develop their safeguarding arrangements for both children and adults. Both organisations assist organisations to develop and embed safeguarding policies and procedures, creating a safe and inclusive environment for all participants, staff and volunteers. There have been considerable developments within safeguarding across the sport and activity sector in recent years, this webinar will discuss these developments and how organisations can meet their safeguarding responsibilities.

The webinar will include:

  • An overview of safeguarding adults and safeguarding children
  • Emerging themes in safeguarding children and adults
  • Implementing robust safeguards for children and adults in your organisation

Meet the speakers:

Laura Whapham

Laura has worked for the CPSU since 2011, leading the work of the CPSU in Wales and working closely with Sport Wales to support National Governing Bodies of Sport with their child protection and safeguarding arrangements. Laura's role also supports Welsh sports through the Safeguarding Standards Framework to enable sports to maintain and embed safeguards. Within the CPSU team Laura leads the work with the leisure and dance sectors in the UK. Prior to joining the CPSU Laura worked predominantly in the voluntary social care sector with a range of young people with complex needs, including children with disabilities, young carers and looked after children.

Nicola Dean

Nicola has been in post for five years. A Social Worker with a background in the statutory and voluntary sector, Nicola has a wealth of experience in supporting adults and young people. In her current role Nicola enjoys working with sport and activity organisations to embed safeguarding adults; she is keen to make the language of safeguarding adults user friendly and show the value of putting participants in sport and activity at the centre of safeguarding.