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, Safety and Welfare 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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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.
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 129 7129 (Calls to an 0345 number are charged at a standard rate (calls from mobile phones may vary). Calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes).
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.
The British Gymnastics Pathway for Reporting Serious Complaints/Concerns is a flowchart intended to clarify the pathway for complaints relating to serious breaches of the British Gymnastics Standards of Conduct by members. NB: Whilst this pathway may concern matters which occur in British Gymnastics registered clubs; it does not apply to complaints about BG programmes (such as National Performance Squad Activity), events, services or decisions (“acts of British Gymnastics”).
Reporting Safeguarding & Child Protection Concerns flowchart
To aid in a return to activity following the UK Government's announcement for indoor sport to recommence from Saturday 25th July 2020, we have created some guidance for Club Welfare Officers to encourage proactivity when clubs reopen, by asking questions about the welfare of members whilst seeking to address any anxieties as they return to gymnastics after being away for several months.
pdf Direction for Club Welfare Officers (113 KB)
Information for Parents
Parents play a vital role in their children’s sport. Positive support from parents both physically and emotionally can make such a difference to a child’s enjoyment and progress as well as teaching them life lessons in terms of being a positive role model.
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.
Read or print your own copy:
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.
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
CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS – UPDATED IDENTITY CHECKING GUIDANCE
(Action required by all Club administrators responsible for Criminal Records Checks)
The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) have updated their Identity (ID) checking guidelines for basic checks and standard/enhanced checks. The new ID guidelines currently run alongside existing guidance. However from 3rd December 2018, the existing guidelines can no longer be used and will be removed from their website. These new guidelines, which must be used from that date, will allow more people to access DBS services without compromising the robust disclosure process, which ultimately helps protect vulnerable groups, including children.
Some of the key changes are listed as follows:
Checking by video. A live video link can now be used for ‘face-face’ examinations of identity documents. However, it is important to note that the person carrying out the identity check must be in possession of the original documents.
Irish Passport Card. An Irish Passport Card has been added to Group 2b.
New documents available for non-European Economic Area applicants. These include a Permanent Residence Card issued by the Home Office to the family member of a national of a EEA country or Switzerland; a Positive Verification Notice issued by the Home Office Employer Checking Service to the employer or prospective employer.
July 2020 - The Disclosure & Barring Service are currently experiencing delay in processing UK Passport applications. They have therefore agreed to temporarily allow expired UK passports that are within 6 months of the expiry date for the DBS identity checking purposes.
Changes to requirements: A passport is no longer required as an additional item for a current Residence Card; a current Immigration Status Document containing a photograph; a current Immigration Status Document.
Further detailed information is accessible via the DBS website at:
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:
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)
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
Equality & Diversity
British Gymnastics subscribes to the principles of equality of opportunity and strives to ensure that anyone participating in gymnastics is able to do so in an environment free from any form of discrimination, victimisation and harassment.
We aim to make our organisation and our sport open and accessible to everyone who wants to be involved and believe that all members, volunteers, staff and job applicants are entitled to be treated fairly regardless of sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, age, marriage and civil partnership, parental or marital status, pregnancy and maternity, disability, religion or belief, colour, race including nationality or ethnicity and socio/economic background. We value diversity and recognises the contributions that people from different background or different experiences can bring to the organisation.
At the end of 2019, we achieved the Advanced level of the UK Equality Standard for Sport (which is a framework and set of standards aimed at improving the equality work within Sports Governing Bodies and similar organisations). We are one of three Sporting Governing Bodies to achieve this level of the standard.
Equality and diversity is incorporated into our 2017-2021 Strategy through our values and brand. We have established an Equality Steering Group whose role it is to champion equality and to break down barriers which may be experienced when seeking to get involved in gymnastics, whether as a gymnast, a coach or official, a volunteer or a fan.
Statement from the British Gymnastics Board:-
'We recognise the value of having a diverse Board and are committed to progressing towards greater diversity within Board and leadership positions.'
We are working hard to embed equality into our day-to-day working practices with all our members, customers and partners and will consider diverse needs both in our role as an employer and when providing services.
Our equality and diversity plan sets out our key objectives for equality and diversity, which are:
• To ensure equality is embedded as part of our culture and is visible in the BG strategy;
• To develop our evidence base to provide a clear rationale for our aims and objectives and against which 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.
To find out more about equality work within British Gymnastics, please click on the document links below:
Equality Case Studies
Please click on the links below to find out about a range of equality projects which are making a huge impact by improving and increasing opportunities for under-represented groups.
pdf Freestyle Gymnastics aimed at 14-18 year olds, Stars Gymnastics Club, South East (2.10 MB)
pdf Integrating Ethnic Minorities, Hull High Fliers and West Hull Gymnastics Club, Yorkshire (206 KB)
pdf Disability Clubs and School Links, Leicestershire & Rutland, East Midlands (198 KB)
pdf Disability Gymnastics, Northern Ireland (215 KB)
archive A range of other Equality Case Studies (7.91 MB)
How to engage under-represented groups in your gymnastics activity
If you are planning to engage under-represented groups in gymnastics such as disabled people, Black and Minority Ethnic people (BME) or adults; please take a look at the toolkits below which are designed to help you increase the diverse appeal of your gymnastics activity on offer.
As an inclusive sport, we have produced a policy on participation of trans people in competitions to ensure that there are no unnecessary barriers to participation and that our sport complies with the Equalities Act.
This policy applies to all gymnastics competitions approved by British Gymnastics whether at national, regional, county, club or invitation level. We have used guidance from the International Olympic Committee and the Home Country Sports Council Equality Group in developing this policy.
In international competition the rules of the relevant governing body, such as the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) or the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) will apply.
pdf Policy for the participation of trans people in gymnastics competition (306 KB)
We have also produced guidance for clubs and officials on inclusion of trans people in gymnastics activity outside competitions. These are intended to help coaches and officials in clubs and regions to interpret the requirements of our equality policy and relevant legislation relating to trans people and to apply them to their work in gymnastics. We provide advice and support for clubs and officials on a case by case basis on request.
pdf Guidance on the inclusion of trans people in all forms of gymnastics activity (3.80 MB)
Information and Advice
To help our members and officials better understand trans inclusion we have produced the follwing two videos.
Trans people in Gymnastics
Questions & answers
You can find answers to some commonly asked questions about this policy and guidance in our Q&A document which we update from time to time.
pdf Policy & Guidance on the inclusion of trans people in gymnastics: Questions & Answers (155 KB)