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We are committed to safeguarding and protecting children in sport and can offer advice, guidance and contact information on matters surrounding this.

"Active Herefordshire & Worcestershire is committed to achieving and maintaining the highest standards of safeguarding and disseminating good practise across our network of partners and stakeholders"

All children, young people and adults at risk should feel safe when participating in sport and physical activity. Sport/physical activity is fun - it gives you the opportunity to meet new people, make friends, try something new and challenge yourself!

All adults, regardless of age, ability or disability, gender, race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital or transgender status have the right to be protected from abuse and poor practice and to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment.

All children, young people and adults at risk have a right to protection from harm. It is the policy of Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire to protect all children, young people and adults at risk and ensure that the welfare of all is of paramount importance.

Our policies are designed to protect and advise, guiding our employees whilst also setting standards to our local sport and physical activity network. Active HW expect commissioned organisations and service providers to adhere to our procedures as a minimum standard or operate their own effective safeguarding policy. The policies relates to children and young people under the age of 18 and to adults at risk respectively. This policy relates to all Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire funded programmes e.g. Activate CYP, direct delivery initiatives and services commissioned by Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Below is a link to our full safeguarding policies. These may be used as guidance to help you develop your own; however if you wish to find policies for specific sports please refer to your National Governing Body. You can find additional resources on our dedicated resources page.

If your query is regarding an individual within your community, a neighbour, family member, or is unrelated to sport and physical activity, please contact Worcestershire County Council or Herefordshire Council.

Contact Information

If you have reason to believe that a child, young person or adult is at immediate risk from harm contact the Police on 999.

Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire has Safeguarding Officers who are trained to support and offer guidance relating to safeguarding and protecting children in sports settings.

Lead Safeguarding Officer: Lorea Sarobe

Deputy Safeguarding Officer: Kerrie O'Mahony

Board Champion for Safeguarding: Pete Sugg

Lorea Sarobe

Lead Safeguarding Officer

07766 697742

Kerrie O'Mahony

Deputy Safeguarding Officer

07766 611946

Pete Sugg

Board Member - Safeguarding Champion

01905 795098

We are part of a wider infrastructure dedicated to safeguarding and protecting children, young people and adults at risk. Details of other agencies who can offer support are also provided below:

Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB)

Phone: 01905 822666 (weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm)

Phone: 01905 768020 (after 5pm, weekends and bank holidays)

Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB)


Phone: 01432 260100

Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board

Phone: 01905 768053

or professionals can report a concern using the online form

Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board

Phone: 01432 260715 (weekdays 9am-5pm)

Phone: 0330 123 9309 (after 5pm, weekends and public holidays)


Designated Officers (formerly known as LADO)

For advice and information about allegations against staff and volunteers; the Worcestershire LADO Team can be contacted on:

Phone: 01905 846221

All statutory partner agencies are required to report all allegations to the LADO within one working day. Referrals should be sent to: this replaces the GCSX email from 1 April 2019.

Terry Pilliner is the Designated Officer for Herefordshire, based at the Shire Hall in Hereford and can be contacted on (01432) 261739.