Nicola Dean, Safeguarding Adults at Risk in Sport Manager

BA (Hons) in Combined Studies, Diploma in Social Work & Masters in Social Work.

Nicola’s post is funded by Sport England and is the first of its kind in the UK. Key priorities are reviewing and developing services in relation to adults at risk in sport and identifying, planning and implementing new initiatives in line with current practice. In addition Nicola will be developing and delivering a training strategy, offering advice and information to sport and recreation organisations and representing the sector at key consultations nationally.

Nicola is a registered Social Worker. Prior to qualifying she worked in a small community home with people with learning disabilities and a college for young people on the autistic spectrum. It is this practical experience that underpins her interest in safeguarding adults at risk of abuse.

Since qualifying in 1998 Nicola has worked in the statutory sector in a safeguarding children’s team and later in a Youth Offending team. However it is the voluntary sector that really interests her. She has had a number of roles within Barnardos disability services and more recently was the Development Officer for Young Siblings at Sibs, the national organisation supporting the siblings of disabled people. Nicola has developed and facilitated safeguarding training for Barnardos, the Hull Safeguarding Children’s Board and the Ann Craft Trust.

In her spare time Nicola is a ski buddy for adults with learning disabilities and has seen some of the benefits and challenges facing adults at risk taking part in sport.

At this early stage of the role Nicola would be interested to hear any feedback from workers on what is needed to safeguard adults in sport, including any issues that arise regularly and that you would like to see addressed.

You can contact Nicola by phoning the ACT office on 0115 951 5400 or emailing