Safeguarding & welfare

Safeguarding in sport is the process of protecting children and adults from harm by providing a safe space in which they can participate. A key part of child safeguarding is spreading the message about keeping children safe and building a culture of always acting in the best interest of all children.


Welfare covers a range of issues such as safeguarding and protecting children, anti-bullying and ensuring good practice in coaching. It encompasses policies and procedures to set out minimum standards of expectations, such as codes of conduct, procedures to follow for dealing with child protection concerns, other welfare issues or complaints, and to ensure that England Athletics, clubs and associations meet their statutory responsibilities to safeguard and protect children and adults. Welfare contributes to good practice within athletics, develops performance and helps to ensure the safety and enjoyment of athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers.


At Leeds City AC, we aim to provide a safe environment where children, young people and adults can take part in athletics. Coaches, club officials, volunteers and parents/carers of athletes all have a role to play in maintaining the welfare of our children and young people.


Sarah Samuel is our Welfare Officer and can be contacted with any concerns. Any matters raised with her will be dealt with sensitively and confidentially. This does mean that there may be occasions when issues are being dealt with and other club members will not be aware.


Reporting a concern

If you think a child is in immediate danger or requires medical attention, you should call the emergency services on 999. You can also ring the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 to report immediate risks.

If the matter is not of immediate concern, it should be raised as soon as you are able with Sarah Samuel using the contact details below:


Sarah Samuel

Mob: 07748306606


All Health and Safety incidents should be reported using the below form

Online Health and Safety Incident Reporting | UK Athletics

Other useful contacts

Contact details for organisations working to safeguard children and young people can be found here:


Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership:  0113 378 6018  (to report safeguarding concerns)

Leeds City Council Duty and Advice team:  0113 376 0336  (to report child protection concerns)

NSPCC:  0808 800 5000   (for reporting risks or for general enquiries and advice)

Childline: 0800 1111  (for use by children to report worries and concerns)


Further information

As a club we are constantly working towards implementing UK and England Athletics’ policies, procedures and guidelines in the pursuit of the best possible safeguards for protecting children in our club and the wider community. These documents can be found below:-

Online Health and Safety Incident Reporting | UK Athletics

UK athletics and HCAF Child Safeguarding Policy :: CLICK HERE::

UK athletics and HCAF Adult Safeguarding Policy :: CLICK HERE ::

UK athletics guidelines for the use of photographic & video images of children/young people under the age of 18 :: CLICK HERE::

England Athletics Disciplinary Policy and Whistleblowing Policy :: CLICK HERE::

UK athletics and HCFA Code of Conduct :: CLICK HERE::

England Athletics Inclusion Policy :: CLICK HERE::

Leeds City AC Inclusion Policy :: CLICK HERE::

Leeds City AC Use of Photography and Video Policy :: CLICK HERE::
Leeds City AC Complaints and appeals process :: CLICK HERE::