Safeguarding Young Children in Sport
Gymnastics Northern Ireland and British Gymnastics 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.
All British Gymnastics members (coaches and volunteers) in Northern Ireland aged 16+ who are in regulated activity working or volunteering with children and/or vulnerable adults are required to hold a Safeguarding Children & Young People in Sport award.
In addition to the above award, Welfare Officers (aged 18+) within a club are also required to hold their Designated Safeguarding Children’s Officer training award (this is referred to as “Time to Listen” on GymNet).
All safeguarding requirements are renewable every 3 years and training is provided through Sport NI.
Safeguarding Training in Northern Ireland
To locate the next available course in NI please visit the Sport Northern Ireland Calendar or alternatively, please contact the relevant Sports Development Officer in your local Borough Council listed be
British Gymnastics now accept an online ‘Safeguarding Refresher Course’ for appropriate members who have previously attended a face to face Safeguarding Award in the last 3 years. Both British Gymnastics and Sport NI offer online courses:
If you are aged 16-17 years old, and are already qualified, or working towards a UKCC Level 1 Gymnastics Coaching Award you can access the British Gymnastics ‘Foundation Safeguarding’ Award, through the British Gymnastics Academy.
If you have any urgent queries regarding Safeguarding please contact British Gymnastics.