Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults

The CANI Safeguarding officer is Stephen Craig, to contact him either email or call Chief Officer, Lauren Smythe, on 07875092928.

CANI is responsible for safeguarding the welfare of all young people and vulnerable adults involved in canoe & kayaking by protecting them from abuse while taking part in paddlesport activities. 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 policies, guidance documents and templates aim to instil good practice and raise awareness for everyone involved in the sport.

CANI has worked with British Canoeing, Canoe Scotland and Canoe wales to develop the Policies, guidance documents 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.

For policies and guidance adopted by CANI please see the British Canoeing website at British Canoeing

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

Resources on CPSU web site that may be of interest.


  • Tackling bullying in sport – There are a number of things that sports clubs can do to address bullying behaviour, such as developing codes of conduct and an anti-bullying policy.  CANI have adopted British Canoeing Safeguarding policies and a copy of the antibullying policy (SPC-P3) and codes of conduct can be viewed on the British Canoeing website
  • Homophobic bullying in youth sport – our briefing offers advice on tackling bullying behaviour towards LGBT young people at homophobic bullying
  • Anti-bullying activities– a number of different 20 min activities to help coaches/volunteers approach the topic of bullying behaviour with children and young people at Anti-bullying activities 
  • The Northern Ireland Anti-bullying Forum defines bullying as usually repeated behaviour that intentionally hurts, harms or adversely affects the rights and needs of another or others. See NI Anti-bullying Forum

Safeguarding Concerns

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

The CANI Safeguarding officer is Stephen Craig, to contact him either email or call Chief Officer, Lauren Smythe,  on 07875092928.

Access NI Checks Through CANI

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

Online Child Safeguarding Courses

British Canoeing Paddlesafe – Online Child Protection Course