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17th May 2017

Duty of Care in Sport Report

The independent report into the Duty of Care sport has towards its participants, at both elite and grassroots level, was published by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on 21 April.

The year-long review, led by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, formed part of the Sporting Future strategy published by the Government in 2015 and was carried out with the aim of ensuring that as many people as possible can engage in sport and that they can do so in a safe way, with their career and life after their career in sport supported.

The report contains recommendations for improving the welfare and duty of care for all those in sport including:

  • the creation of an independent Sports Ombudsman which would hold NGBs to account for the Duty of Care provided to athletes, coaches and support staff;
  • having a named Duty of Care Guardian on NGB boards to take responsibility for engaging with participants in talent pathways and community sport;
  • establishing a Duty of Care Charter setting out how athletes, coaches and support staff can expect to be treated and where they can go for advice, support and guidance.

The report can be accessed by clicking here.

If you are a National Governing Body of Sport and require advice on governance or any aspect of your organisation’s activities, please contact a member of our Sports team.