Responses to the consultation on a Wider Definition of Safety
In February 2017, the SGSA issued a consultation that sought the views of stakeholders on:
- Part 1 – The implications of a review of the term ‘safety’ in the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 which explained that safety is a broad term which means that all people present at a sports ground during an event are protected against dangers of physical harm or injury arising from being present. This includes everyone at a sports ground being protected from the risks from terrorist activity, crowd disorder and anti-social behaviour.
- Part 2 – The SGSA’s discharge of its oversight and licensing powers under the Football Spectators Act 1989 and a draft SGSA Oversight and Licensing Policy.
We have carefully considered the responses from the consultation and have published our response to the joint consultation with associated guidance notes and FAQs.Download
Check the regulations
Legislation related to Policing
Responsibility for the safety of spectators lies at all times with ground management. However, at certain sports grounds and for certain matches or events the presence of the police may be required to maintain public order. This page provides relevant information from legislation relating to policing in sports grounds.
Monitoring Local Authorities
The SGSA has published guidance on Safety Certification which provides a single source of reference on the principles and procedures governing the safety certification of sports grounds. The SGSA uses this document as a yardstick when keeping under review local authorities which come within its regulatory oversight.
Tools and resources
A Wider Definition of Safety – Local Authority Checklist
This document contains a series of questions that certifying authorities may wish to consider to check their progress in ensuring that the wider understanding of safety has been adopted by sports grounds to whom they issue safety certificates under the 1975 and 1987 Acts.
What is the Statement of Intent?
If there is to be a police presence in or at the sports ground, management should discuss with the police the division of responsibilities and functions between the two parties; for example, whether particular tasks are to be undertaken by stewards or by police officers, and who will assume responsibility in particular circumstances. The outcome of these discussions should be recorded in a written and signed statement of intent.
Support for Local Authorities – Policies and Procedures
To assist local authorities develop appropriate policies and procedures, or to review existing ones, the SGSA has produced guidance which explains what should be included in an authority’s policies and procedures for the issue and review of a safety certificate, for the monitoring of compliance with the terms and conditions of a safety certificate and for the enforcement of the 1975 and 1987 Acts.