British Gymnastics regards the health, safety and welfare of all members to be of paramount importance, which should not be compromised. To this end, it is British Gymnastics policy to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, that procedures are in place to maintain a safe and healthy environment not only for our members but also for other persons who may be affected by the activities of British Gymnastics and/or our affiliated clubs and organisations.
British Gymnastics Health and Safety Policy
The British Gymnastics Health & Safety Management System and guidance documents have been designed to support British Gymnastics affiliated clubs and organisations to comply with the British Gymnastics policy and any relevant legal requirements.
Health & Safety guidance - safe coaching
Health & Safety guidance - safe participation
Health & Safety guidance - safe trips
The Management System is available for registered clubs to download on GymNet.
British Gymnastics health & safety FAQs
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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.
From 1st December 2012 the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) became the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
British Gymnastics is a registered body with DBS and acts as an umbrella body for affiliated clubs and organisations within England and Wales.
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 members 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.
Those in a regulated activity working or volunteering with children or vulnerable adults 16 years and above are required to hold a BG DBS disclosure (Coaches, Club Welfare Officers etc.)
For further details, contact the relevant organisation.
Scottish Gymnastics: 0131 271 9750
Gymnastics Northern Ireland: 028 90 99 42 88
Changes from October 2012After a successful trial British Gymnastics has made the decision to utilise an online system for processing DBS Disclosures. The benefits of online as opposed to the paper process are:
Speed – DBS are currently processing over 50% of online Disclosures within 6 working days.
Reduced Error Rate – self-validation reduces error rate to verifiers, online process can spot when applicant has made errors on form
Transparency - from one screen you can manage all applications at each stage of the process, includes link to DBS online tracking service
British Gymnastics’ partner will be GBG, the leading providers of online DBS checks in the UK. Established in 2002, GBG are based in Nottingham and process over 125,000 applications a year.
Please contact your Club DBS Designated Verifier for more information and to complete your application online
Payment Information and Fees
Paid positions: £59.00
The use of disclosures plays a vital role in helping to protect young people and vulnerable adults in our sport.
* The DBS define a volunteer as: "A person who performs any activity which involves spending time, unpaid (except for travelling and other out-of-pocket expenses), doing something which aims to benefit someone (individuals or groups) other than or in addition to close relatives".
British Gymnastics works closely with the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and has met the foundation, intermediation and Advanced levels of the NSPCC CPSU Standards for Safeguarding Children in Sport.
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.
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 me as a coach/volunteer?
The BG Safeguarding 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.
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
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.
For information regarding criminal record checks (Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks in England and Wales and Access NI checks in Northern Irelandand) recognised Safeguarding training please visit the links below. 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
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
Club Welfare Officer Support Documents
The GymNet online system allows clubs to check the progress of their members’ DBS disclosures on-line.
The system enables the Club Secretary to access information on the status of any disclosure application without having to contact the Ethics and Welfare Department.
Club Secretaries who wish to use this facility should contact the Customer Services Department by email at email@example.com to obtain a password to access to GymNet. Please note that individual members are also able to obtain a password that allows access to their personal record.