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Lyn Safeguarding and Compliance

The tabs below outline the current position in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales with regard to Covid 19/Coronavirus and the current regulations for gymnastics.  It outlines the rules/guidance for indoor and outdoor activity, education/courses, events/competitions and performance/elite programmes based on the appropriate home country government guidance and the relevant governing body.

This guidance was last updated on 14th July at 10.15am


England
Northern Ireland
Scotland
Wales

Outdoor Activity

(Appropriately risk assessed and safeguarding in place)

Max 30 people from different households

Only essential personnel, no spectators

Some British Gymnastics endorsed programmes and activities centred around fitness, conditioning, and flexibility

No physical support from coaches permitted.

1 metre + social distancing applies.

Indoor Activity

Indoor activity permitted from Saturday 25th July.

Clubs and partners will need will need to define the maximum capacity that can reasonably follow social distancing at the venue. The maximum occupancy of each indoor facility should be limited by providing a minimum of 100sqft per person. Individual groups should be no larger than a group of 15 gymnasts plus coaches. British Gymnastics gymnast to coach/teacher ratios and safeguarding policies should be adhered to at all times. Multiple groups of 15 are allowed within a venue, ensuring social distancing is in place and maximum capacity is not exceeded.

It's advised to keep changing facilities and showers closed yet still accessible for participants with specific additional needs.

Clubs who operate within a leisure centre/school hall, will need to speak to the venue regarding total capacity available within the hired gymnastics space.

No physical support from coaches permitted.

1 metre + social distancing applies. Social distancing and hygiene regulations must be adhered to.

Only essential personnel, no spectators.

For further information – Working safely during Covid-19 & Capacity, group size and ratios guidance.

Education

All face-to-face education courses and assessments have been postponed until the end of October (November onwards, subject to further review). Some courses and CPD available online

Events

Cancelled until further notice.

Discipline specific event information can be found here.

Performance

Eligible elite athletes allowed to resume training at indoor facilities with British Gymnastics sign off.

Outdoor Activity

(Appropriately risk assessed and safeguarding in place)

Max 30 people from different households

Only essential personnel, no spectators

Some British Gymnastics endorsed programmes and activities centred around fitness, conditioning, and flexibility

No physical support from coaches permitted.

1 metre + social distancing applies.

Indoor Activity

Indoor activity permitted from 17th July.

Clubs and partners will need will need to define the maximum capacity that can reasonably follow social distancing at the venue. The maximum occupancy of each indoor facility should be limited by providing a minimum of 100sqft per person. Individual groups should be no larger than a group of 15 gymnasts plus coaches. British Gymnastics gymnast to coach/teacher ratios and safeguarding policies should be adhered to at all times. Multiple groups of 15 are allowed within a venue, ensuring social distancing is in place and maximum capacity is not exceeded.

Changing facilities and showers must remain closed.

Clubs who operate within a leisure centre/school hall, will need to speak to the venue regarding total capacity available within the hired gymnastics space.

No physical support from coaches permitted.

1 metre + social distancing applies. Social distancing and hygiene regulations must be adhered to.

Only essential personnel, no spectators.

For further information - Northern Ireland Return to Gymnastics Protocols.

Education

All face-to-face education courses and assessments have been postponed until the end of October (November onwards, subject to further review). Some courses and CPD available online

Events

Performance

Eligible elite athletes allowed to resume training at indoor facilities with British Gymnastics sign off.

Outdoor Activity

(Appropriately risk assessed and safeguarding in place)

Permitted Numbers for endorsed outdoor gymnastics for under 18s.

At all times 2 qualified coaches must be in attendance, with one coach being a minimum level 2 or above to lead the session.

Up to 24 gymnasts in a group session – clubs can run multiple group sessions in outdoor venues, 2 coaches must be in attendance in each group of up 24 gymnasts.

Option 1

Level 2 (or above) coach can supervise up to 16 gymnasts.

and a level 1 coach can supervise up to 8 additional gymnasts.

Option 2

Level 2 coach supervises up to 8 gymnasts.

Level 1 coach supervises up to 8 gymnasts.

Level 1 coach supervises up to 8 gymnasts.

Organised children’s activity has had a dispensation on the maximum household rule and coaches can undertake as many sessions with children as they wish in a day.

Permitted numbers for endorsed outdoor gymnastics for over 18s.

Over 18s must follow the current government guidelines.

Coaches can meet with no more than 15 adults from a maximum of 4 other households (or extended households) at any time. Coaches are limited to meeting adults from a maximum of 4 other households in any one day. From 24 August this restriction will be removed to allow coaches to deliver adult sessions to multiple additional households in any one day.

Indoor Activity

Not permitted

Education

Face-to-face courses suspended until further notice.

Some courses and CPD available online

Events

Cancelled to end September.

To be reviewed for October onwards

Performance

Programmes suspended to end of September

Outdoor Activity

(Appropriately risk assessed and safeguarding in place)

Up to 30 people maximum able to train outdoors, using Welsh/British Gymnastics permitted programmes.

For under 11’s, the Welsh Government guidance highlights that it is less essential to rigidly maintain a continual 2m distance, however as they can still transmit the virus and to ensure a safe return to the sport, as a governing body we are requiring at this time that gymnasts (of all ages) and coaches maintain social distancing.

No physical support from coaches permitted.

Existing ratios for coach:gymnast will need to be adhered to.

Indoor Activity

Clubs can re-open indoors from the 10th August.

All adults and children will need to adhere to 2 meter social distancing indoors.

Maximum 30 occupants per closed room of a facility, this includes coaches, gymnasts and any parent/carer required to be in attendance. Coaches can work with a group of up to 15 which includes the coach.

No physical support from coaches permitted.

Safeguarding policies should be adhered to at all times.

It is advised to keep changing facilities closed yet still accessible for participants with specific additional needs.

Only essential personnel, no spectators.

Our progress along the Step Forward Plan will be reviewed in line with the next Welsh Government announcement. For further information please refer to our social media platforms or contact Welsh Gymnastics, or refer to the following pages: Welsh Government: Sport, recreation and leisure: guidance for a phased return
or Welsh Gymnastics: COVID-19 Updates

Education

Face-to-face courses suspended until further notice.

Some courses and CPD online

Events

Many events cancelled until the end of December.

Please see our website for more details about events which may have been postponed to another date

Performance

Elite athletes allowed to resume training at indoor facilities with Welsh Gymnastics and Sport Wales sign off.

British Gymnastics is committed to the use of criminal record checks as a key element of safe recruitment.  The use of criminal record checks is only one part of safe recruitment practice and should always be used in conjunction with the safe recruitment procedures set out in the BG Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy. It is also a requirement for the criminal record check to be updated every 3 years.

Criminal Records Check Policy

Criminal Records checks FAQ Section

DBS Eligibility

Safeguarding children - safe recruitment policy

DBS website

Access NI website

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 [email protected] 

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.

Safeguarding Requirements

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)

Safeguarding Training

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

Additional Support

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

Support Agencies

British Gymnastics safeguarding policies are subject to annual review and as required by the relevant legislation, HM Government, NSPCC CPSU, UK Sport and Home Country Sports Councils. The policy may also be reviewed following introduction of any new internal or external safeguarding process and as a result of any significant child protection case within gymnastics or other sports.  

To view policies and documents please click the following links:

  pdf Safeguarding Policy & Procedures (613 KB)  (published on 13th March 2019)

Safeguarding Children – Safe Environment

Safeguarding Children – Safe Recruitment

Social Networking Guidelines

Health, Safety and Welfare Guidance – Safe Trips

Criminal Records Checks Policy and Guidelines

Child Protection Incident Form

Managing Challenging Behaviour

 

Documents

Live Streaming Booklet

 

In addition to British Gymnastics policies and documents above, the government also produces a number of documents and guidance regarding the Safeguarding of Children. Below are a number of additional links:

Young Persons guide to Working Together

Younger persons guide to Working Together

 

 

 

 

NSPCC

Confidential Helpline - 0800 800 5000 - 0808 800 5000

 

NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit - Keeping Children Safe in Sport

 

Childline

Contact 0800 1111 click here for Childline website
Childline advice for adults 0800 500 100 click for Childline website

 

Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP)

The Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP) team is made up of police officers that observe social networking sites to ensure you are safe whilst on the internet. If you have or have ever had a concern regarding someone on the internet or their behaviour towards you, you can make a report to CEOP by clicking here.

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