British Gymnastics Commitment to Safeguarding
We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children, young persons and adults at risk 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, we provide 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.
Parents in Sport Week 1st – 7th October 2018
The week highlights the valuable role parents play in keeping children safe in sport and helps them understand how their positive influence supports children to develop to their full potential and enjoy their time in sport. It also provides a great opportunity for clubs to encourage parents to get involved in their child’s sport.
We are asking clubs to get involved by organising a variety of events such as parents' taster days, coaching sessions, a quiz or open evenings. In order to assist, supporting leaflets and posters are available here.
In support of Parents in Sport Week, we have designed our new leaflet ‘Keeping your child safe’ a guide to parents, which provides useful information to help parents be confident that their child can have fun in a safe environment and how they can help.
The leaflet will be included in all new membership packs. Additional copies will be available during future Safeguarding events and available on request through the Safeguarding & Compliance team or your local Regional Welfare Officer. An electronic printable version will also be published soon.
Online Safety and the use of Social Media
The use of the internet and the variety of social media applications and devices, continues to play a significant role in the lives of children and young people. As the digital world is constantly changing, it is important that they continue to be safeguarded and kept safe online.
A number of organisations provide up to date and child friendly advice and guidance to keep children safe, which can be accessed at:
And our document: Good practice on the use of social networking sites
Have Fun, Be Safe
Our leaflet, 'Have Fun, Be Safe' has been developed for parents and their children providing tips and useful information that will help young people to understand how to stay safe and who can help them if they feel they are not.
The leaflet is included in all new membership packs and contains essential information that parents can read with their children if necessary, to make them aware and continue to feel safe whilst in a gymnastics environment. Additional copies will be available during future Safeguarding events and available on request through the Safeguarding & Compliance team or your local Regional Welfare Officer.
Read or print your own copy.
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 on site responsible for welfare or contact a member of our Safeguarding and Compliance Team by calling 0345 1297129.
In either circumstance, please also complete the Safeguarding 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.
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 our 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
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. The initial Safeguarding training, which is valid for 3 years, must be a face to face workshop and delivered by a recognised training organisation.
British Gymnastics accepts training from the following providers:
- LSCB Safeguarding
- FA Safeguarding
- UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children
- NHS Safeguarding
- Specific professional prior learning (Social Worker, Teacher, Police Officer etc.)
To enhance national Safeguarding training, we provide a sport-specific online Safeguarding Refresher course which can be used to renew Safeguarding after completing a face to face 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.
If you are a member of Scottish Gymnastics and require information on available 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)