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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
One of the benefits of being registered with British Gymnastics is free expert health and safety advice from Agility.
If you ever need the answer to these FAQ's or similar queries...
• What are my Health & Safety responsibilities?
• Are there forms and templates to help me?
• How do I undertake a Risk Assessment?
• What checks do I need to do and how often?
• When is an accident reportable?
• Who do I report accidents to?
…Then this is where Agility can help you.
Click here to read more information on Agility and how they can help you.
Tel: 01527 571 612
We believe our sport should be open and accessible to anyone who wants to be involved, whether as a gymnast, a coach, an official, a volunteer or a fan. We are committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect and ensuring the gymnastics environment is one where everyone can thrive. We value diversity and recognise the need to ensure people with different experiences and backgrounds have a voice in shaping our sport, enabling us to best meet the needs of the wider community.
Our key objectives are:
• To ensure equality is embedded as part of our culture and is visible in the British Gymnastics strategy;
• To develop our evidence-base to provide a clear rationale for our aims and objectives and to measure the impact against our agreed priorities;
• To ensure functions, key policies and procedures in all areas of activity that include a visible equality dimension are screened and undergo a full impact assessment where appropriate;
• To implement a range of strategies to increase awareness and gain support and commitment at all levels of the organisation.
“We recognise the value of having a diverse Board and are committed to progressing towards greater diversity within Board and leadership positions”.
At the end of 2019, we achieved the Advanced level of the UK Equality for Sport (which is a framework aimed at improving equality, diversity and inclusion within Sports Governing Bodies and similar organisations). We continue to work hard to be inclusive into everything we do.
We are committed to supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities in gymnastics and other under-represented groups including diverse ethnic communities. You can find a range of case studies on Club Hub to help you to be more inclusive in the activities your club offers.
We also have a wide range of other resources including our Disability Awareness Module, e-learning courses, videos, templates and FAQs. Click here for more information.
Our policy on participation of trans people in domestic competitions aims to ensure that there are no unnecessary barriers to participation.
We have developed additional guidance to assist coaches and officials to support trans people participating in all forms of gymnastics activities. We can also provide advice and support on a case-by-case basis on request.
Questions & Answers
The following videos have been developed to help our members and officials to better understand and support trans inclusion.
If you feel that you have been discriminated against when taking part or seeking to access gymnastics activities or have experienced bullying or abusive behaviour relating to a protected characteristic, you should raise this matter with the club or relevant provider in the first instance. If you are based on England, Scotland or Wales, advice and assistance is available from the Equality Advisory & Support Service.
Any concerns about British Gymnastics services or matters that you feel have not been addressed appropriately by a registered club or other provider, including concerns about the conduct of British Gymnastics members can be reported to the Integrity Unit by calling 0345 1297129 or by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org The Unit will consider the matter and may provide advice and support, investigate the concern or seek to support some other alternative resolution.
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 for those working with children in gymnastics in order to help ensure a safe environment.
How will Safeguarding and Child Protection affect me?
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.
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 also 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