How to investigate safeguarding concerns in sport

Published 02 October 2013

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28 November 2013 - London

This practical one-day seminar helps to equip individuals working for organisations in the sport and recreation sector to understand the importance and purpose of undertaking proper investigations. Participants will explore issues around investigating child protection concerns in sport by drawing on case studies and contemporary material arising from recent safeguarding inquiries.

This seminar is intended to provide an overview of key issues that arise and the decisions to be made during an investigation process and is not intended to equip participants to undertake investigations.

This seminar is designed for welfare and safeguarding officers of national governing bodies, clubs, youth groups, community sport partnerships or other individuals working in sport, who may be required to respond to safeguarding complaints and concerns. It is also suitable for lawyers and disciplinary officers interested in child protection in sport.


Seminar Leaders

Kim Doyle and Carol Chamberlain


Seminar Programme

The seminar will run 9.15am-4.30pm and will include:

  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Small, interactive groups giving delegates the opportunity to network


Participants will develop a greater understanding of:

  • How to respond to initial complaints and concerns and make initial enquiries without prejudicing a subsequent investigation
  • When it is appropriate to refer a matter to the police and statutory services or instigate an independent investigation
  • What evidence and information may be gathered in order to assist in establishing the facts of a reported concern
  • How witnesses are identified and the steps that should be taken before interviewing them
  • Best practice for interviewing witnesses – with particular focus on children as witnesses
  • The key sections of an investigation report and the role of the investigator in writing that report
  • How police investigations and child protection enquiries are conducted and how they link into sport and recreation safeguarding investigations and disciplinary processes



£149 + VAT

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Seminar Leaders

Kim Doyle

Kim is a barrister, Specialist Member of the National Safeguarding Panel and a consultant in child protection. Kim has significant experience presenting cases and undertaking evidential reviews of serious child protection matters for the Crown Prosecution Service, and currently delivers consultancy services in child protection and safeguarding work to social workers, police officers, medics and sports personnel.


Carol Chamberlain

Carol has over 30 years experience as a senior leader in the Manchester Police Force specialising in public protection, and is a Specialist Member of the National Safeguarding Panel for Sport. Carol has been an independent consultant to the Home Office and Department of Health on public protection matters. Carol is currently a Lead Officer for Safeguarding Children in Golf, which sees her advise and appear in child safeguarding cases and deliver numerous child safeguarding training events within sport.