Protection is not just Equipment

Safeguarding the lacrosse community.

ENGLISH LACROSSE as part of its commitment to ensuring that young people are able to enjoy the sport of lacrosse, has developed a new Safeguarding Policy.

“Equality of opportunity means that all children have the opportunity to achieve the best possible developmental outcomes, regardless of their gender, ability, race, ethnicity, circumstances or age.  Some vulnerable children may have been particularly disadvantaged in their access to important opportunities and their health and educational needs will require particular attention in or to optimise their current welfare as well as their long-term outcomes into adulthood”  

English Lacrosse believes that all young people involved in lacrosse have a right to be protected so that they can enjoy the sport free from all forms of abuse and exploitation.  It therefore seeks to help protect and promote the welfare of all young people in lacrosse by having policies in place for  guidance for its affiliated clubs and associations and others involved in the sport.

English Lacrosse views all those within lacrosse as part of the lacrosse community.  This includes all clubs, associations, other organisations and individuals with any involvement at any level.  English Lacrosse believes that all members of the lacrosse community have responsibilities to help protect young people, English Lacrosse has developed this Safeguarding policy to help ensure that this happens.

Safeguarding means promoting the safety and welfare of young people.  Safeguarding is a term used to incorporate good practice and is wider than “Child Protection”.  Child protection is still an essential element of this policy and is about acting on concerns about a young person or individual.

This policy has been formulated in accordance with guidance from the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and Government guidance lines.

To report a safeguarding concern contact Lead Safeguarding & Welfare Officer, Karen Hughes on 07785763620 or email at

For further information regarding English Lacrosse’s safeguarding policies and procedures please contact Karen Hughes on

The policy has been broken down into an easy to use format:
1. English Lacrosse Safeguarding Policy
2. Policy on Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Lacrosse
3. Policy on Recruitment
4. English Lacrosse DBS Policy 2015
5. Bullying Policy
6. Policy for the Use of Photographic and Recorded Images of Young People
7. English Lacrosse Whistle Blowing Policy 2015
8. Recognising abuse
9. Guides to good practice at your club
10. Appendices and Templates
11. English Lacrosse Equity Policy Statement 2015
12. ELA Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy
13. Managing challenging behaviour
14. Club Welfare Officer Guide