England Hockey believes that all young people have the right to be safe and enjoy their involvement in hockey and is committed to promoting the welfare of all young people in our sport to protect them from harm alongside the hockey family. In this instance, a young person is defined as anyone under the age of 18. To do this, England Hockey have created a safeguarding young people policy and are actively aiding affiliated hockey clubs and associations in adopting and implementing their own policy. Safeguarding advice and support is also provided through the England Hockey Ethics and Welfare Team for anyone who reports concerns about the welfare of a young person.
England Hockey’s safeguarding young people policy is named SafeD. This policy covers the commitments of those who created and adopt the policy, how to recognise poor practice and abuse, how to report safeguarding and welfare concerns, useful contacts and provides links to templates and further guidance. All hockey clubs, areas and individuals are bound to this policy, regardless of their role or whether they have links to young people. All hockey clubs and areas should adopt SafeD and have their commitment to it available to view for all current and prospective members.