Safeguarding describes how we protect adults, children and young people from abuse and neglect. It means proactively protecting those who may be vulnerable or at risk of abuse or neglect due to the actions, or lack of action, of another person.

Safeguarding Concerns

If you have a safeguarding concern, you can make a referral directly to the CANI team, by contacting our Safeguarding Officer, Lyn Sherriff.

email: Phone: 07514 500312

**Please note our CANI team are available Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm. If you have an urgent safeguarding matter and you have concerns about a child who could be at immediate risk, please call the police on 999**

If you have concerns about the welfare of a child, but not of an urgent nature, you can also contact the following:

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

ChildLine: 0800 1111 (24 Hr)


Policies, Procedures, Guidance & Templates

CANI has worked with Paddle UK, Paddle Scotland and Canoe Wales to develop the Policies and guidance documents. CANI also works closely with the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit, and Sport N.I to ensure we are compliant and undertake regular audits from NSPCC.

CANI recommends that clubs with members or participants aged under 18 adopt a safeguarding policy and procedures, and ensure members are aware of them.

The following documents are available from the Paddle UK website:

For all Safeguarding policies, templates and guidance adopted by CANI please see the Paddle UK website.

Access NI Checks

CANI is a registered body with AccessNI, this allows us to to process Enhanced Disclosure checks for member clubs and centres in NI.

CANI is committed to ensuring that all employers, including providers, clubs and organisations carry out an enhanced disclosure check on any paddlesport related personnel working or volunteering with children, young people or vulnerable adults in regulated activity. The applicant/volunteer engaging in Regulated Activity must complete an Enhanced Disclosure Vetting Check prior to confirmation in the role.

Click here for further information including a step by step guide on submitting an application.

Safeguarding Training

Please see links for further information and to book safeguarding training.


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The British Canoeing Introduction to Safeguarding eLearning Course

It is essential that everyone has at least a basic understanding of what behaviour is appropriate, how to identify a safeguarding concern and be confident about how to respond, as well as being clear about how to access support. This course is a great introduction for anyone who has limited contact with children or adults at risk. If you do have regular contact with these groups, we recommend more specialised training. The BC eLearning Course is available to CANI Members for a reduced cost of £10. In addition there are also two Safeguarding Refresher courses, see link below.

Safeguarding Refresher: Positive Safeguarding Culture elearning

Safeguarding Refresher: Social Media eLearning