The welfare and wellbeing of all children, and adults at risk, attending an IAPS event is of the highest concern. All such persons have the right to safety and protection and any suspicions, concerns or allegations of harm will be taken seriously and will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately.

IAPS expects all adults who are engaged with the delivery of sports events, to fully comply with safeguarding procedures as laid out in IAPS Safeguarding policy and procedures and the KCSiE September 2020 document.

Safeguarding and Anti-Bullying Policy

Safeguarding Policy and Procedures

Children must never be subject to any form of treatment that is harmful, racist, abusive, humiliating or degrading. All reasonable steps must be taken to promote the interests and well-being of children and protect them from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment, as all children have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

IAPS's Safeguarding Policy and Procedures sets out our approach to safeguarding and child protection.

Anti Bullying Policy 

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim. IAPS Anti Bullying policy sets out our approach to bullying and the procedures in place to prevent bullying taking place at IAPS sports events.

Safeguarding Contacts 

Fran Hide
Sport Events Manager | Designated Safeguarding Officer
[email protected] | 01926 461513

Emily Connell
Sport Events Coordinator | Deputy Safeguarding Officer
[email protected] | 01926 461501

Phone 01926 887833
Email [email protected]

Codes of Practice

The IAPS Codes of Practice set out our expectations for coaches, officials, spectators and competitors at all IAPS Sport events.

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with them before attending an IAPS Sport event.

Transgender Guidance

Transgender statement

IAPS embraces diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. We understand and respect that there can be differences between assigned sex and gender identity. We are entirely against discrimination, victimisation or harassment based on a person’s gender identity.

IAPS sport events follow National Governing Body rules and regulations, including their transgender guidance. Schools are required to follow the respective guidelines for each sport, including the pre and post puberty requirements, and enter children into events appropriately.  

NGB guidance

All National Governing bodies have transgender policies on their website. We have summarised the guidance from each NGB in one useful document here.

Support for schools

There are some useful links below for schools on how to effectively support transgender and gender questioning pupils and prevent transphobia.

Guidance from the CPSU Safe Use of Changing Facilities  includes a section (at the very end) related to Transgender and transitioning children and a link to working with LGBT+ children.

Key Considerations for Schools, from Harrison Clark & Rickerby's Solicitors

Media Policy

Media Policy

The IAPS media policy  sets out our approach to the use of media supplied to the association by member schools, and the use of media by IAPS staff at sports events. It does not cover the use of media by individual schools at events. IAPS member schools should have their own policies to cover the use of media at events.

Photography advice at IAPS events

There is no professional photography at any IAPS event however parents and spectators can take their own pictures. There is no law against taking photos at public events for personal use, including pictures of other people's children (Ask the Police, 2018). IAPS asks parents and spectators to be cautious when sharing any images on social media. The NSPCC have useful advice on sharing images here