Each year thousands of children and young people benefit from valuable educational, volunteering and activity experiences on our waterways. It is our hope that children and young people will form life-long relationships with the Trust and fall in love with our beautiful spaces. It’s important that their involvement in our work is rewarding, fun, enjoyable and safe.

The Trust takes child protection and safeguarding very seriously and is committed to ensuring that all, especially children, young people and adults at risk, are kept safe from harm when working with us.

We have a clear policy and guidance for our employees and volunteers to follow.

All staff and volunteers (or anyone working on behalf of the Canal & River Trust) have a responsibility for understanding our policy and implementing our safeguarding approach.  

We offer training to our people and keep up to date with best practice and legislative changes.

We have a Safeguarding Steering Group made up from representatives from across the Trust to review progress and decide on future actions.

Our primary point of contact for employees, volunteers or members of the public who have safeguarding or child protection concerns is:

Deputy DSO:
Lucie Unsworth
National Youth Engagement Manager
Telephone: 07825 843 362


We believe that no child, young person or adult at risk should ever experience abuse of any kind. We are committed to providing safe environments and working practises that promote and protect the safety and welfare of children, young people and adults at risk at all times.

Read our safeguarding position statement

Last date edited: 5 May 2020