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TRAINING | How to Investigate Safeguarding Concerns in Sport


Seminar details:

Sport Resolutions will be hosting a free online training session for welfare and safeguarding officers of NGBs and other sporting bodies on how to investigate safeguarding concerns in sport on Thursday 17th June 2021. Former police officer and Sport Resolutions National Safeguarding Panel member Carol Chamberlain and Safeguarding Today’s director Jennie Smith will be delivering the training with the aim of raising awareness and increasing knowledge around safeguarding investigations in sport, with a particular focus on the interview techniques.

The event will also introduce the new Investigation Guide and templates created by Sport Resolutions NSP members Carol Chamberlain, Christopher Quinlan QC and Sally Wernick with the support of Sport England.

Learning objectives

  • Understand key themes in conducting an investigation
  • Identify good practice when managing witnesses and the person subject to complaint
  • Effectively using the practical guide to assist in conducting the investigation

Seminar programme:

09:30 -  Start
09:30 – 10:30 Good investigations contributing to creating a safer culture
10:30 – 11:20 Evidence
11:20 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:30 Using a Trauma Informed approach when managing witnesses

Who should attend?

  • Any person with a role in undertaking investigations within a sport environment
  • Welfare and safeguarding officers of National Governing Bodies
  • Welfare and safeguarding officers of Sporting Clubs
  • Safeguarding officers of youth groups, community sport partnerships etc.

Please note that the places are limited, and will be made available on a first come first served basis. If the event is sold out please do not hesitate to email us at to be put on the waiting list. 




Event Info


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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