Adults At Risk In Hockey

Who are adults at risk and what do clubs need to support them?

Male hockey players playing on a green pitch

England Hockey is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment and accepts the responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all adults involved in hockey. Like with young people, it is not always easy to see the signs of when an adult is being abused. All hockey clubs have a duty of care to anyone who is deemed to be vulnerable, which can include adults.

What is an adult at risk?

An adult at risk, as defined by the Ann Craft Trust, is anyone over the age of 18 that:

  • Has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) 
  • Is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect.
  • As a result of care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of, abuse or neglect.