Child Protection

Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults

CANI is responsible for safeguarding the welfare of all young people involved in canoe & kayaking by protecting them from any form of child abuse. CANI is committed to making sure that children and vulnerable adults enjoy paddlesport in a safe environment in which they are protected from any form of poor practice or abuse. The Child Protection policy works to instil good practice and raise awareness for everyone involved in the sport.

Working together with the NSPCC, Child Protection in Sport Unit, and Sport N.I consultants and British Canoeing, CANI has developed and adopted the British Canoeing policies and procedures to ensure that all reported concerns or allegations are investigated.

The NSPCC has launched  a collection of online films- ‘Play Sport Stay Safe’. The films are free to view on the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit website.

For information on Child Protection in Sport 

All Child protection concerns should be directed to CANI’s lead child protection officer

Mary Doyle


British Canoeing Child protection officer
24 Hour Child Protection Contact Number Mobile: 0777 570 7364
(For use by professionals and people wishing to report incidents outside of office hours)


CHILDLINE 0800 1111

All policies and procedures can be downloaded below

Click here for information on checks and vetting for coaches and volunteers

British Canoeing Paddlesafe – Online Child Protection Course