We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children, young persons and adults in our sport and our aim is to ensure all who participate in gymnastics have a safe, fun, positive experience and are able to fulfil their potential.
In order to help ensure a safe environment, British Gymnastics provides information and training opportunities to enable those working with children in gymnastics to respond appropriately if they are worried a child may be at risk or suffering abuse.
What to do if you have a concern
If an incident or concern is immediate and you think a child is in immediate danger of abuse or at risk of significant harm or are in need of protection, then call the Police on 999 and/or your local Social Services.
If the matter is not immediate, please speak to the person responsbile for welfare or contact a member of our Safeguarding and Compliance Team by calling 0345 1297129.
In either circumstance, please also complete the Child Protection Incident form. This form should be used to record the details of any concern they wish to report. A copy should be sent to the British Gymnastics Safeguarding and Compliance team at [email protected]
We will then be able to provide an appropriate response and effect liaison with all relevant agencies and persons concerned. All efforts will be made to keep the information confidential. The information will only be shared with those that need to know in the best interests of the child, young person or vulnerable adult. The form should be completed for all types of concern, even where no immediate action may be necessary.
How will Safeguarding and Child Protection affect my club?
The British Gymnastics Safeguarding and Protecting Policy provides a framework for all those involved in gymnastics to meet their duty of care towards young people and is mandatory for all members (except where there are home country variations arising from legislative differences). Any individual or organisation that is providing a service to us must also demonstrate that they comply with these standards. As part of our commitment to best practice in the care of children, BG expects all of its members to comply with the policy. Clubs also have a statutory requirement to Safeguard and Protect Children and the British Gymnastics Safeguarding policies will help and support clubs to ensure that they meet this requirement.
We require all coaches andvolunteers who are aged 16 and above who work or volunteer with children or protected adults to complete our recognised Safeguarding training and a criminal record check (Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in England and Wales and Access NI in Northern Ireland). It is also a requirement for these to be updated every 3 years to ensure it is consistent with the changes in law and legislation.
We work closely with the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and has met the Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels of the NSPCC CPSU Standards for Safeguarding Children in Sport.
Working alongside our clubs, welfare officers and statutory agencies, we ensure that safeguarding is prioritised and our members and registered clubs meet specific requirements to safeguard and protect. A critical element of this is the designation of an individual who is responsible for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young persons and adults at risk within clubs. All British Gymnastics registered clubs, regions and gymnastics events are required to have a nominated Welfare Officer to be responsible for:
• Responding to child protection and poor practice concerns.
• Providing support and advice in the implementation of procedures that safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.
• Assist the club to be more focused in its activities e.g. involving children, young people and adults at risk in decision making processes.
Any member of our organisation working with children, young persons or adults at risk, who meets the eligibility criteria is required to complete a criminal record check and our recognised Safeguarding training.
Criminal Record Checks
Criminal record checks enable us to assess the on-going suitability of an individual in certain roles or voluntary work, including working with children or protected adults. It is a requirement for the criminal record check to be updated every 3 years. To access our policies and guidance please click Criminal Records Checks (DBS)
To enhance national Safeguarding training, we provide a sport-specific online Safeguarding Refresher course and an online Foundation Safeguarding training course designed for 16-17 year olds who frequently volunteer or work in gymnastics. In addition we also provide a 'Time to Listen' course for Welfare Officers. To access our courses please click here.
Safeguarding Policies and Documentation
For more information or support on Safeguarding please view our Safeguarding and Compliance Policies
If you wish to discusss any concerns you may have regarding safeguarding and protecting children, you can contact your local club welfare officer for advice and support. Alternatively, you can contact a County or Regional Welfare Officer or National Governing Body (British Gymnastics, Welsh Gymnastics, Scottish Gymnastics) Safeguarding Contacts
British Gymnastics is a registered body with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (Formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau) and Access NI and acts as an umbrella body for affiliated clubs and organisations within England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Those who are aged 16 and above and are in a regulated activity working or volunteering with children or vulnerable adults are required to hold a BG DBS disclosure (Coaches, Volunteers, Club Welfare Officers). For judges that only judge at competitions and do not provide instruction to or supervise children in any other capacity in your club, recent legislation changes mean that these judges are no longer eligible for a DBS check. This also means that a current DBS will no longer be a membership requirement for these individuals. If they are helping in other areas of the club and you think they may be eligible for a DBS check please check the flowchart below.
The Club, as the organisation that is directly deploying the individual, is best placed to assess whether an individual’s role meets the eligibility criteria for a check and the level of check that is required. To assist you with this process we have created the flow chart below and some additional guidance and FAQs to help you to determine whether a criminal records check (DBS) can take place.
*Regular is open to definition by the recruiting organisation. It is suggested that annually is not enough, but an argument could be made for eligibility if an individual does an activity a number of times over the summer period, or once a month for example.
** Supervision should only be considered to apply within a gymnastics environment where the supervisor (someone in Regulated Activity) can guarantee constant oversight of the supervised individual.
We know that you may have questions about the Criminal Record/DBS checks so we have put together a FAQ section where you will find most of the commonly asked questions answered quickly and easily.
British Gymnastics (BG) is committed to ensuring that robust ethical standards are upheld in our sport and making sure gymnastics is safe and accessible for all. The welfare of all of our members is of paramount importance; and in particular, the welfare of our members who are under the age of eighteen years.
The BG Pathway for Reporting Serious Complaints/Concerns is a flowchart intended to clarify the pathway for complaints relating to serious breaches of the BG Standards of Conduct by members. NB: Whilst this pathway may concern matters which occur in BG registered clubs; it does not apply to complaints about BG programmes (such as National Performance Squad Activity), events, services or decisions (“acts of BG”).
BG has also developed Disciplinary and Appeals flow charts. These documents are intended to simplify the Disciplinary and Appeals process and should be used in conjunction with these procedures.
Pathway to Reporting Complaints
Disciplinary Hearing Procedures
If you have a query with the content of this page please contact us.
Our aim is to ensure all young people who participate in gymnastics have a safe, fun, positive experience in the sport and are able to fulfil their potential.
In order to help ensure a safe environment, British Gymnastics is committed to providing information and training opportunities to enable those working with children in gymnastics to respond appropriately if they are worried a child may be suffering abuse.
How will Safeguarding and Child Protection affect my club?
The BG Safeguarding and Protecting Policy provides a framework for all those involved in gymnastics to meet their duty of care towards young people and are mandatory for all BG members (except where there are home country variations arising from legislative differences). Any individual or organisation that is providing a service to BG must also demonstrate that they comply with these standards. As part of our commitment to best practice in the care of children, BG expects all of its members to comply with the policy.Clubs also have a statatory requirement to Safeguard and Protect Children and the BG Safeguarding policies will help and support clubs to ensure that they meet this requirement.
BG requires all coaches and relevant volunteers who are aged 16 and above who work or volunteering with children or protected adults to complete BG recognised Safeguarding training and a criminal record check (Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks in England and Wales and Access NI checks in Northern Ireland). It is also a requirement for these to be updated every 3 years to ensure it is consistent with the changes in law and legislation.
British Gymnastics works closely with the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and has met the Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels of the NSPCC CPSU Standards for Safeguarding Children in Sport.
To view policies and documents relating to Safeguarding and Protecting Children please click the links below
Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy
Safeguarding Children – Abuse & Poor Practice
pdf Safeguarding Children – Safe Environment (421 KB)
Safeguarding Children – Safe Recruitment
Safeguarding Glossary of Terms
If you have a concern relating to Safeguarding and Protecting Children and wish to make a report to British Gymnastics please complete the Child Protection Incident form below.
Child Protection Incident Form
For information regarding criminal record checks (Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks in England and Wales and Access NI checks in Northern Ireland) and recognised Safeguarding training please visit the links below. All clubs have the responsibility to assess whether a criminal record check is required for certain roles. More information regarrding the clubs responsibility can be found on the below links.
BG has also introducted an online Foundation Safeguarding training course. This eLearning course is designed for 16-17 year olds who frequently volunteer or work in a gym with young children
Criminal Records Checks
FAQ Criminal Records Document CheckDBS Policy Documents
If you wish to discuss any concerns you may have regarding Safeguarding and Protecting Children you can contact your Regional Welfare Officer for support
National And Regional Welfare Officer Contacts
There are also a number of support documents for Club Welfare Officers which can be found here