Sport Integrity Framework: Member Protection

11 June 2019

Every person involved in sport has the right to be treated with respect and dignity, and to be safe and protected from abuse. Sport providers have a responsibility to ensure that everyone involved in their activities is aware of his or her legal and ethical rights and responsibilities.


Anyone who delivers sport has a responsibility (or duty of care) to ensure that their activities are safe, fair and inclusive. This is even more important when it comes to children (see Child protection).

They also have legal obligations to ensure health and safety, to prevent and address discrimination and harassment of their members and to protect participants from harm.

Aside from compliance, it’s good practice to promote respectful and positive behaviour both on and off the field to preserve the value of sport.

Note: Member protection, child protection, player welfare and supporting diversity all overlap, but involve their own distinct focus.

Sport NZ role

Sport NZ is an advocate through promoting the value of sport and working with partners to ensure that legal obligations are met. It also makes submissions on relevant legislation on behalf of the sector.

Sport NZ provides on-line health and safety training and information, and supports ‘Good Sports’, an Active Communities project managed by Aktive Auckland, which deals with side-line behaviour. Sport NZ also provides a governance framework for the sector, runs seminars and supplies resources.

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