Duty of Care Review
The BAC exists to raise awareness of athlete welfare and to represent the voice of our elite athlete community. This has never been more evident than in the work we have undertaken to inform and shape the terms of reference for the Duty of Care Working Group this has included:
Meeting with the Head of Sport in the government Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and other staff members in the department raising awareness of the issues facing our members. Consulting with Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson the Chair of the group who many will know as GB's most successful Paralympian and drafting the terms of reference that have now been published. You can find the terms of reference here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/sport-duty-of-care-review-call-for-evidence
Government has asked Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson to lead a review into the Duty of Care sport has towards participants. The aim is to develop a comprehensive plan for how government and the whole sporting system can more effectively look after people who take part in grassroots sport and people who perform at the elite level, including those on a talent pathway.
This call for evidence will gather information from people who are or have been involved in sport and from members of the public. The review team is interested in views and experiences of what works well and how current systems could be improved.
We would like you as athletes currently involved in high performance sport to complete the online survey being as honest as you can, alternatively you can email us directly on dutyofca[email protected], and all responses will be treated confidentially. The key areas that the working group would like to have more information are below.
At an elite sport level:
- the experience of entering and leaving talent pathways
- the prevention and management of brain injuries, catastrophic injuries and other medical issues
- the mental health support offered to sport participants
- the representation of athletes’ interests within sport governance
- the support provided to people on talent pathways to help them gain a formal education
- safeguarding of young people and adults
The consultation closes on the 23rd May 2016 at 11.45pm
If you want to discuss this further please contact Sara Heath on [email protected]
Posted on 18/04/2016
by Sara Heath