British Gymnastics Commitment to Safeguarding
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
British Gymnastics 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 me as a coach/volunteer?
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 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 volunteer 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.
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 British Gymnastics recognised Safeguarding training.
Criminal Record Checks
Criminal record checks enable British Gymnastics 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, British Gymnastics provides 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