Responding To Suspicions Or Allegations

Please remember it is not your responsibility to decide whether a child or vulnerable adult is being abused, but we are asking you to act on your concerns.  It is your responsibility to ensure that concerns raised are passed on appropriately.



  • Ensure that the child or vulnerable adult is in a safe place.
  • Stay calm.
  • Take seriously what you see or what you are told.
  • Don’t promise to keep it to yourself.
  • Make a note of what you see and don’t delay in passing on the information to the relevant person within your club.
  • Maintain confidentiality and only tell those that need to know, but do so as soon as is reasonably possible.
  • Only ask questions to clarify what they are telling you and do not ask for any explicit details.


  • Rush into inappropriate action.
  • Make promises you cannot keep.

Take sole responsibility – Pass the information on or consult with somebody else as advised above.