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Safeguarding

Safeguarding is making sure that all club members can do what they love. All peoples, regardless of discipline, should be able to take part in a motorsport community within the UK that is free from all forms of harassment and abuse. Motorsport UK takes the issue of safeguarding very seriously and wants to support clubs in ensuring they take the correct steps to provide a safe motorsport environment.

Statutory Obligations

Although safeguarding applies to everyone, at all levels and in every discipline, Motorsport UK has statutory obligations that it must meet in terms of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in our sport. These are pieces of legislation such as:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government);
  • Standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport (NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit);
  • Children Act 2004;
  • The Care Act (2014).

Motorsport UK’s Safeguarding Team

Motorsport UK has a dedicated Safeguarding team, not only to ensure that as a National Governing Body we meet our statutory and moral obligations in this area but also to support the growing demands of our membership, clubs, and communities. The Safeguarding Team is made up of three people, each with distinct roles and responsibilities related to Motorsport UK’s vision for safeguarding. These are:

Amy McLeod

Head of Safeguarding

Matt Walker

Safeguarding Development and Compliance Officer

Vickie Lewis

Safeguarding Case Officer

As well as support in the event of a safeguarding case or incident, the Safeguarding Team also works to develop training and resources to increase awareness, train Club Safeguarding Officers, promote a positive culture in British motorsport.Your Club’s RoleAs a Motorsport UK recognised Club, it is important that you meet both the statutory obligations placed on your in law, and also your moral duties to enable children, young people, and adults at risk to participate in motorsport in a safe way. Everyone in your club should be aware of how they can keep club members safe and promote their welfare.Some of the types of abuse that people in your community might face include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Neglect

These can be facilitated online, by a person’s peer, or those in a position of trust.The Club Toolkit will provide you with an overview of your club’s responsibilities and provide advice on how you can meet these. It will cover:

  • The requirement to have a safeguarding policy, procedure, and what it needs to include
  • The role of Club Safeguarding Officer – how to recruit and what this role does
  • How to build a positive and safe culture in your club
  • Who safeguarding concerns should be raised to and how information should be shared
  • How you as a Club can escalate concerns if you are not satisfied with the actions taken
  • How to implement safer recruitment practices
  • How to complete a safeguarding risk-assessment

Safeguarding is a new and exciting journey for everyone involved in motorsport in the UK. Whether you are just starting the journey, and want to understand more about what safeguarding is, or are an established club with a safeguarding with a safeguarding officer in place, looking for more training, Motorsport UK is here to support you in every step.For guidance and suggestions of additional resources, email the Motorsport UK Club & Community Development Team at club.development@motorsportuk.org