The Voice of Great Britain's Elite Athletes
The British Athletes Commission (BAC) has a duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of members – especially those who are under the age of eighteen.
The BAC is committed to: • Making the welfare of children and young people paramount. This means that the need to ensure that children and young people are protected is a primary consideration and may override the rights and needs of those adults working with them • Enabling everyone whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity to participate in BAC organised activities in a safe and fun environment • Taking all reasonable steps to protect children and young people from harm, discrimination and degrading treatment and to respect their rights, wishes and feelings • Taking seriously all concerns and allegations of poor practice or abuse and responding swiftly and appropriately to them in accordance with current procedures • Ensuring that all BAC employees and consultants who work with children and young people are appropriate for their role and responsibilities and are provided with relevant training • Recognising that children and young people from families with minority group backgrounds may face additional barriers to accessing help and reporting concerns in respect of safeguarding issues.
British Athletes Commission Safeguarding Officer
The BAC has a Lead Safeguarding Officer who takes responsibility for Safeguarding at the British Athletes Commission. The Lead Officer has undertaken relevant training with the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit.
Lead Safeguarding Officer
Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy
This policy forms part of the staff induction at the BAC: https://www.britishathletes.org/important-safeguarding-documents
The British Athletes Commission has clear procedures for reporting concerns for a child both in and outside of a sports environment.
Reporting procedures can be found in the Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy (link above).
Safe Recruitment Practice
BAC will ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to prevent unsuitable people from working with children.
All volunteers and employees working in a role that involves significant access to children, or where they hold a Position of Trust, or existing volunteers or employees who change their role to work with children, are required to complete a vetting process as outlined in the Safeguarding Policy Safe Recruitment Practice.
Awareness and Training
In addition to pre-selection checks, the safeguarding process includes training after recruitment to help staff and volunteers for BAC to: • Analyse their own practice against established good practice, and to ensure their practice is not likely to result in allegations being made. • Recognise their responsibilities and report any concerns about suspected poor practice or possible abuse. • Respond to concerns expressed by a child. • Work safely and effectively with children.
Information for parents
Information regarding questions to ask and things to look out for when choosing a sports club for your child can be found here: https://thecpsu.org.uk/help-advice/related-information/information-for-parents-and-carers/
Contacting your National Governing Body
Contact information for NGBs can be found here: https://thecpsu.org.uk/help-advice/deal-with-a-concern#who-can-support-you
Who can support you?
NSPCC Worried about a child? Advice and support whenever you need it. Tel: 0808 800 5000
ChildLine A free and confidential helpline for children who have concerns. Tel: 0800 1111
The Safe Network Safeguarding information and advice for the voluntary and community sector - from after school art clubs to weekend reading groups. Tel: 0845 608 5404 or email [email protected]
Child protection, safeguarding and government
Access Northern Ireland Tel: 0300 200 7888 or email [email protected]
Anti-bullying Alliance Tel: 0207 843 1901 or email [email protected]
Beat Bullying Tel: 0208 771 3377 or email [email protected]
Bullying UK Tel: 0808 800 2222 or email [email protected]
Children 1ST (Scotland) Tel: 0131 446 2300 or email [email protected]
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Tel: 0870 000 3344
Contact Youth Counselling - Northern Ireland Tel: 0289 074 4499 or email [email protected]
County Sports Partnerships Network (CSP Network) CSP Network contacts
Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Tel: 0207 211 6000 or email [email protected]
Department for Education (DfE) Tel: 0370 000 2288
Disclosure and Barring Service (formally Criminal Records Bureau) Tel: 0870 909 0811
Family Lives Tel: 0808 800 2222
Home Office Useful contact information for government services, please visit Contact us page
Internet Watch Foundation Tel: 0122 323 7700 or email [email protected]
Kidscape Tel: 0845 120 5204 or email [email protected]
National Children's Bureau (NCB) Tel: 0207 843 6000 or email [email protected]
Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People Tel: 0289 031 1616 or email [email protected]
Parenting NI Tel: 0808 801 0722
Women's Aid Tel: 0808 200 0247 or email [email protected]
Association for Physical Education (AfPE) Tel: 0190 585 5584 or email [email protected]
Coaching Ireland Tel: +353 61 202895 or email [email protected]
Coachwise Tel: 0113 231 1310 or email [email protected]
Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (IMSPA) Tel: 0150 922 6474 or email [email protected]
Sport England Tel: 0845 850 8508 or email [email protected]
Sport Northern Ireland Tel: 0289 038 1222 or email [email protected]
Sport Wales Tel: 0845 045 0904 or email [email protected]
Sport and Recreation Alliance Tel: 0207 976 3900 or email [email protected]
sports coach UK Tel: 0113 274 4802 or email [email protected]
sportscotland Tel: 0141 534 6500 or email [email protected]
Youth Sport Trust (YST) Tel: 0150 922 6600 or email [email protected]