Safeguarding Young People

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: 0808 800 5000

Childline: 0800 1111

England Netball Safeguarding Lead: 01509 277911 or

More information about Safeguarding and England Netball’s policies and procedures can be found on the England Netball website.

Club Safeguarding Officers

It is a membership requirement for all clubs to have a Club Safeguarding Officer and provide details of this person on affiliation.

The Club Safeguarding Officer plays an important role in the welfare of the members of a club. They help to develop a safe and inclusive environment for all people at the club, give advice and listen to concerns about safeguarding and well-being issues and are a link in the reporting process which helps protect the welfare of the netball community.

For further information on club safeguarding, including downloadable resources, click here.

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.

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.

It is England Netball policy that all those in regulated activity must have a DBS check done with our umbrella company, Online Disclosures, every 3 years.

More information about DBS disclosure through England Netball

Diversity and Belonging

We want all our members and participants to enjoy their game, no matter what part they play.

Read England Netball's Belonging Commitment Statement and find out how to pledge your commitment to ensuring everyone feels they have a place to belong in netball here.

For more information on any matter concerning diversity or protected characteristics please visit the Diversity & Belonging on the England Netball website.

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