Team Dorset Challenge recommends that all clubs and event/activity organisers that have activities for children, young people and vulnerable adults adopt good practice in safeguarding and child protection but Team Dorset Challenge cannot be held responsible for the quality of the clubs, activities or events registering on our interactive map.
To help you enjoy all activities safely, please take the time to read our How to Enjoy Activities and Stay Safe guide.
Clubmark or the National Governing Body equivalent has been used by Sport England to accredit sports clubs, which have provided evidence of their high standards in creating a safe but fun environment for children. These clubs will have demonstrated that coaches/instructors are CRB checked, have undertaken safeguarding awareness and that there are codes of conduct in place, among many other criteria.
To find out if a club you are interested in has achieved Clubmark go to:
Whether a club has achieved Clubmark or not, Team Dorset Challenge advocates that parents and carers ask relevant questions of the clubs and there is a guide for this purpose entitled Ensuring Good Practice In Sport, which can be found on the Child Protection section of the Active Dorset website:
These same questions can be asked of any other type of activity that involves adults working with children, young people and vulnerable adults such as an arts class.
Most clubs should have a Welfare Officer whom you can talk to, especially over what may seem poor practice. For more serious concerns or advice, Active Dorset’s Child Protection section also has local authority contact details and can be found at: