National Safeguarding Panel

The National Safeguarding Panel  (NSP) supports NGBs in the professional management of safeguarding complaints and concerns.

It provides three key services:

(i) Independent investigations and reviews into safeguarding complaints and concerns; and

(ii) Independent arbitration in place of a NGB’s disciplinary or appeals panel. 

(iii) Expert Risk Assessment of an individual's suitability to work with children and vulnerable adults. 

The NSP works in tandem with NGB safeguarding systems and provides professional support in cases of significant complexity or seriousness, which present risks to children, young people, vulnerable adults or to the reputation of a sport.  The NSP is also appropriate in cases where an independent and "arms length" approach is required.

The NSP is not intended to replace the need for NGBs to establish their own policies, procedures, and systems for dealing with child safeguarding complaints and concerns. The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit have established an integrated Case Management Model for safeguarding complaints and concerns.