Safeguarding in sport – achieving earlier intervention

Leading safeguarding experts joined Clue in a 90-minute webinar to discuss the importance of safe sport and how we can better protect athletes, officials and spectators.

Sport’s positive societal impact depends on developing and protecting safe, healthy, and diverse & inclusive environments where athletes and officials can flourish.

Effective safeguarding is therefore a core responsibility of every sports organisation.

On April 4th, Clue brought together leading safeguarding experts in a 90-minute webinar to discuss the state of safeguarding in sports, its importance, and the opportunities to improve safe sport culture supported by technology and data.

Dion Raitt, a former youth player at Peterborough United and Child Sexual Abuse survivor, opened the webinar with his story of abuse and the long-term impact it has had on his life. Reflecting on his first-hand experiences, Dion shared advice to sports organisations in improving safeguarding mechanisms, awareness and response. 

Moderated by Peter Spindler, an independent safeguarding advisor for Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral, and former Metropolitan Police Commander and head of Operation Yewtree, the panel included:

  • Dion Raitt, former youth player at Peterborough United and Child Sexual Abuse survivor
  • Anne Tiivas OBE, Chair of Trustees for Safe Sport International, a global charity which seeks to improve the capacity of sports to safeguard athletes
  • Ann Stuart MBE, Safeguarding Officer for two major sports organisations 
  • Kath Bennett, Safeguarding Case Manager at a large sports national governing body, recent Post Graduate certified in Leading Culture Change in Safeguarding, and a Trustee with mental health charity Brave Mind

If you’d like to learn more about Clue for Sports Integrity, contact our Head of Sport, Phil Suddick at

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