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We are fully committed to supporting all young people and vulnerable adults to achieve their potential in archery

Archery is an inclusive sport and safeguarding is embedded into the structure and day-to-day running of Archery GB affiliated clubs and organisations.

We are fully committed to supporting all young people and vulnerable adults to achieve their potential in archery. We understand that providing a positive environment where they are protected from harm is vital for making sure we provide the best possible outcomes for them to have fun, stay safe and have an enjoyable archery experience. Ensuring the wellbeing of young people and vulnerable adults needs to be a priority for everyone involved in archery and providing information to educate people working with them about best practice safeguards everyone within the sport of archery.

 Archery GB has achieved the Preliminary, Intermediate and Advanced Standards through the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and is now engaged in maintaining good practice in embedding safeguarding throughout the organisation. The standards provide a benchmark of good practice for sports organisations to work towards and reflect the statutory responsibilities of all organisations as described in the 'Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018).'

Our Club, County, Regional and National Safeguarding/Welfare Officers are key roles responsible for ensuring archery is safe from poor practice and abuse. Safe recruitment, good practice, background checks and safeguarding training are fundamental in keeping people safe. It is mandatory for all Archery GB coaches to have background checks (DBS or PVG) and safeguarding training. 

Safeguarding and welfare are the preventative measures for keeping children and adults at risk safe from harm with policies, procedures, and safe recruitment. 

Child protection comes into effect when there are concerns about a child being at risk from harm, therefore requiring an immediate response to ensure their safety.

This short animation shows the difference between child protection and safeguarding in a sport setting and looks in more depth at how children and young people can be further protected beyond their time at training sessions.


There are many differences between safeguarding adults and children and this short video produced by Sport England and the Ann Craft Trust clearly explains why holding two separate policies is best practice.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and if you have concerns about a young person or vulnerable adult being at risk of poor practice or abuse, whether inside or outside the archery environment, you must act. Working together we can all ensure archery is enjoyed by everyone safely.

Concerns should be raised with your Club Welfare Officer.  If you believe a child or vulnerable adult is at serious risk contact the police immediately. 

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If you have a safeguarding or discrimination concern you can submit a form to Archery GB using the links below.


Archery clubs should be safe and welcoming places for children, young people and vulnerable adults.

If you are worried about a young person or vulnerable adult or receive information which you believe puts a young person or vulnerable adult at risk, it is vital you report your concerns.

Doing nothing is not an option.

To report your concerns please click on the button below to access our safeguarding reporting form.

Reports can be given anonymously by following the instructions on the form.

The form will be sent to Archery GB’s safeguarding team.

Safeguarding reporting form


Discrimination has no place on or off the archery field.

Archery GB is committed to taking all allegations of discrimination within archery very seriously and wants to ensure that anyone can report it in the knowledge that we will act appropriately.

To tell us about something you have been subjected to or witnessed, click on the link below.

Reports can be made anonymously by following the instructions on the form.

The form will be sent to Archery GB’s safeguarding team.

Discrimination reporting form 

Anne Rook – Archery GB National Lead Safeguarding Officer                                   

01952 602792

Karen Hodgkiss – Archery GB Safeguarding & Governance Officer

01952 602793 

Childline 0800 1111

NSPCC 0808 800 5000

Children First (Scotland) 08000 28 22 33

Child Protection in Sport Unit – an organisation aiming to improve internet safety – bullying advice – bullying advice – an education programme for keeping children safe – online safety guidance

For further information please visit:
Archery GB | Children and Young People Policy


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