Sport can have a very powerful and positive influence on people - especially young people.

Not only can it provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement; it can also develop valuable qualities such as self-esteem, leadership and teamwork.

These positive effects can only take place if sport is in the right hands - in the hands of those who place the welfare of all young people first and adopt practices that support, protect and empower them.

Malvern Hills District Council is committed to promoting the development of safe sporting opportunities, and signposting people to the right places to ensure that information and support are available.

The guidelines and downloads contained in this section is not a definitive list, and forms only a small percentage of the information available on the subject of child protection.

For advice on issues of any size that may arise in your club, it is recommended that you use the useful contacts list for sports specific guidance.