Angling Trust Safeguarding Policy

Angling is one of the most popular sports in the UK with around 3 million people going fishing each year. It has such a powerful and positive influence on the lives of adults and children alike; not only does it provide opportunities for enjoyment, well-being and achievement, but it can also help develop self-esteem, leadership and teamwork.

There are thousands of people involved in helping to organise and deliver opportunities for anglers of all abilities, including coaches, instructors and club officials. It is because of the hard work that they all put in, that millions of people have discovered the joy (and occasional despair!) of going fishing. However, with so many people participating in the sport, it is essential that we are able to provide safe and enjoyable experiences for everyone, and in particular children and young people.

The Angling Trust is determined to do all it can to help everyone involved provide this safe and enjoyable environment. As the National Governing Body for angling, it is also a key responsibility for the Trust to have a safeguarding policy that is clear and adopted by as many people as possible in a very diverse community.

A policy is only any use if it is implemented on the ground. In order to fulfil our commitment to safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults it is paramount that everyone involved in angling does their bit to implement the policy and its actions proactively. If it just sits on the shelf, then it won’t protect people properly. All of us can remember how happy it made us to learn how to fish. By following the sensible steps in our policy, you can help ensure that you will have reduced the risk of anyone being harmed or made to feel miserable or afraid as a result of getting involved in fishing.

To ensure we are constantly reacting to and keeping our practices up to date we proactively work with the Child Protection in Sport Unit, Sport England and the NSPCC to review the progress made against standards through the Angling Trust Safeguarding Steering Group. Please help us to ensure that angling is a safe and enjoyable activity that everyone can enjoy by implementing this policy.