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How to Investigate Safeguarding Concerns in Sport


Seminar details:

Sport Resolutions will be hosting a seminar on how to investigate safeguarding concerns in sport on Thursday 12th March 2020 at 1 Salisbury Square in London. Former police officer and Sport Resolutions National Safeguarding Panel member Carol Chamberlain and Safeguarding Today’s director Jennie Smith will be delivering the seminar. The seminar is aiming to raise awareness and increase knowledge around safeguarding investigations in sport, with a particular focus on the interview techniques.

This will be a full day training which will take place between 10:00 and 16:30 at our offices in London. Buffet sandwich lunch and soft drinks will be provided on the day. 

Seminar outcomes:

At the end of the course the attendees will have learned more about:

  • Responding to initial complaints and concerns and making initial inquiries without prejudicing a subsequent investigation
  • Referring the matter to statutory services or instigating an independent investigation
  • Explaining what evidence and information may be gathered in order to assist in establishing the facts of an allegation
  • How witnesses are identified and the steps that should be taken before interviewing them
  • Sharing best practice for interviewing witnesses, in particular children
  • How police investigation and child protection enquires are conducted and how they link into sport






Event Info


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The Process of Investigation


Coffee Break


What is Evidence?




Interviewing Witnesses, including Children


Coffee Break


Case Study




Carol Chamberlain

Carol Chamberlain

Carol Chamberlain

Carol retired as a senior police officer in 2008. Since that date she has acted as an independent safeguarding consultant within the sport sector. She was an inaugural member of the National Safeguarding Panel co-ordinated by Sport Resolutions.

Carol has been commissioned by many National Governing Body’s to undertake a variety of roles which include; conducting strategic level, whole sport safeguarding reviews, individual case investigations, the delivery of training, and acting as the safeguarding specialist member on disciplinary panels.

Carol is an independent member of the safeguarding Case Management Group at Badminton England and the Director of Governance on the Board of the Cheshire County Ladies Golf Association.

Jennie Smith

Jennie Smith

Jennie Smith

Jennie Smith is the Director and Trainer at Safeguarding Today Ltd. She has been a criminal Barrister since 2003. Following 10 years at the Crown Prosecution Service as a Rape and Sexual Offences and Child Abuse specialise, Jennie draws on her vast knowledge and experience to assist companies in improving their safeguarding standards.

Jennie is currently contracted by the Head of Safeguarding at the EFL to oversee the mandatory safeguarding training scheme for Club Safeguarding Leads. Following the publication of the Sheldon Report, Jennie is also contracted to develop and deliver board level safeguarding training at NGB level.

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