“I started playing netball again in 2005 when I moved to Cornwall having not played since leaving school in 1988.  I took over the running of our club a year later and since then I have become Safeguarding Officer for the club and also SGO for the county.  I am also a C award umpire and hopefully with further training will achieve my B award.  I volunteer at Junior league ensuring the day runs smoothly.  I enjoy spending time with my netball ‘family’ and take seriously my role as SGO. When I’m not playing netball I’m either working, at home with my husband and 2 teenage boys or socialising with friends.”

Netball South West has adopted England Netball’s policies and procedures to support the ongoing development of Safeguarding within Netball. NSW recognises its responsibilities under the terms of the Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Children Act 1989, the Protection of Children Act 1999, the Disability Discrimination Act 1996 and the Human Rights Act 1998.

Every child who participates in Netball should be able to do so in a fun, safe environment and be protected from harm. NSW places the highest priority on participants safety and enjoyment and recognises that they have a duty towards children within the sport and any member providing Netball opportunities must do so with the highest possible standard of care. A child is defined as being under 18 years of age (The Children Act 1989).

The NSPCC operates a 24 hour free phone helpline telephone number:


England Netball Lead Child Protection Officer: or besafe@englandnetball.co.uk

More information about Safeguarding and England Netball’s policies and procedures can be found on the England Netball website. This now contains information regarding the online DBS checks process, downloadable BeSafe posters for your Club’s Safeguarding Officers and ‘Best Practice for Clubs’ information.

Club Safeguarding Officers registration with England Netball

If you have not yet registered your details with the Safeguarding Co-ordinator then please do so. If we have your details we can get contact quickly with you should there be any urgent news or updates to share, or if there is any query in your club. You will receive these newsletters quarterly and receive information on Time to Listen training dates.

Register as a Club Safeguarding Officer now

Time To Listen Workshops

Time to Listen (TTL) is a netball-specific workshop specifically designed to support Club Safeguarding Officers (CSO). The workshop uses easy to follow, practical netball-related examples and case studies to enable you to fully understand your role in the club and England Netball (EN) and how you can effectively safeguard young people in your care.  Please note: That by March 2015 it will be a CAPS requirement that the CSO must have attended a TTL workshop along with completing the online training. 
To see a list of courses in the South West 

Find out more about Time to Listen Workshops

DBS checking

England Netball is firmly committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all young people to play netball. England Netball has introduced DBS checks as part of a process of safer recruitment of staff and volunteers working with young people (i.e. under the age of 18 years) in the sport.

The DBS disclosure system is managed through our partners TMG DBS and is available to affiliated members of England Netball. You have a choice to complete an online application form or a paper based application form. The online application is a more efficient and cost effective way of obtaining an enhanced DBS disclosure through England Netball.

More information about DBS disclosure through England Netball

Anti-bullying policies

Netball South West’s anti-bullying policies fall in line with those of England Netball. Please refer to the England Netball website in order to view these policies and advise on what to do if you are being bullied or you know someone that is. Don’t suffer in silence!