Safeguarding and Protecting Young People

Safeguarding and Protection

England Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of hockey in England, with over 1000 affiliated clubs. As part of its commitment to ensuring that young people are able to enjoy the sport of hockey, England Hockey has developed a Policy on Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Hockey which AEHC have adopted. Called "SafeD" guidance, it was written in response to NSPCC guidelines and in line with Government guidelines. For more information on child welfare matters visit the England Hockey Website

All safeguarding issues should be referred, in the first instance, to Karen Smith Welfare Officer.

England Hockey has published an important new guide entitled Planning Safe Hockey.

All coaches and managers are expected to follow these guidelines to ensure good , safe practice.

Further information and resources are available using the link below:

Planning Safe Hockey - England Hockey


If you have a serious safeguarding issue and Karen is not available you should contact

England Hockey
[email protected]
01628 897500
07738 644171

Police 999

NSPCC 0808 800 5000

Local social services (Cheshire East 0300123 5010)

England Hockey views all those within hockey as part of the Hockey Family. This includes all clubs, associations, other organisations and individuals with any involvement at any level. England Hockey believes that all members of the Hockey Family have responsibilities to help protect young people and England Hockey has developed their Safeguarding and Protecting Young People policy to help ensure that this happens. All hockey organisations should be aware that they and their members are bound by the following:

AEHC Commitment to safeguarding

  • The Club ensures that all volunteers (coaches/managers/captains/umpires) who have regular contact with young people will have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring service) check every three years as per EH guidelines
  • All requests for DBS checking should be made to Karen via email
  • All coaches and volunteers working within the junior section are committed to Safeguarding & Protecting Young People in Sport. Lead coaches are expected to have attended a SPC 1 course and other coaches/volunteers working with the junior section to have attended safeguarding training within the club/EH online safeguarding course. A link to the EH online safeguarding training page is below. Coaches and other volunteers will find on that page a link to the EH hockey hub entitled "England Hockey basic online safeguarding course”. Clicking onto this link and following the instructions will enable a coach/volunteer to attend the online safeguarding training and obtain a certificate to show successful completion of the course. When a safeguarding certificate is obtained, the coach/volunteer should inform Karen, so that she can then update her records. A certificate is valid for a period of three years from the date of completion and can be renewed, also online.
  • The club maintains a secure database of all young people’s contact details (emergency contact information and consent of their parent or person with legal responsibility, photography consent and medical information )
  • EH Online Safeguarding Training

Karen Smith is a trained school Designated Safeguarding Lead and has attended EH Time to Listen hockey-specific safeguarding training.
If you are a junior member and have a concern please contact Karen Smith