Safeguarding and Protecting Children - British Gymnastics

Safeguarding and Protecting Children


We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk in our sport and we are actively engaged in the implementation of our safeguarding policy. We work closely with the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and have achieved the National Advanced Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in sport. Working alongside our clubs and statutory agencies we ensure that safeguarding is prioritised and any allegation, suspicion of harm or concern is taken seriously and responded to swiftly, fairly and appropriately.

Our internal Safeguarding Children Implementation Plan sets out the action we take to achieve continual improvement across the sport. The British Gymnastics Safeguarding and Protecting policy provides a framework for all those involved in gymnastics to meet their duty of care towards children, young people and adults at risk, and is mandatory for all British Gymnastics members (except where there are home country variations arising from legislative differences). Any individual or organisation that is providing a service to British Gymnastics must also demonstrate that they comply with these standards. As part of our commitment to best practice in the care of children, British Gymnastics expects all of its members to comply with the policy. 

Details of the policies that support Safeguarding in our sport can be found at our dedicated Safeguarding page designed for parents and guardians.

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.

To report anything other than an immediate concern, please speak to the person on site responsible for welfare or contact a member of the Safeguarding and Compliance Team by calling 0345 1297129 plus the following extensions:

Safeguarding and Compliance Manager – Mike Harrison MBE – Extension 2633
Safeguarding and Compliance Officer – Linda Callaway – Extension 2346
Safeguarding and Compliance Co-ordinator – Catherine Powell - Extension 2609

Alternatively, you can email us at

The following specialist organisations can also provide advice and assistance:

• The NSPCC confidential helpline - 0800 800 5000 / 0808 800 5000 or visit their information page
• ChildLine (for children and young people) -  0800 1111
• ChildLine (Advice for Adults) – 0800 5000100
• Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP)