Elaine joined the BAC as Head of Safeguarding and Athlete Support Manager in March 2021.
Prior to this, she worked at the NSPCC, from where she was seconded to the BAC to lead the support team set up specifically to offer end-to-end case management for children, families and elite athletes affected by allegations of mistreatment in gymnastics.
Elaine held a team manager role at the NSPCC from 2019, and prior to that gained considerable experience in Social Worker and Senior Social Worker roles in both England and Northern Ireland.
As part of her role at the BAC, Elaine works alongside both athletes and sports to ensure that safeguarding processes are understood and being correctly implemented. She is part of the first cohort to undertake the International Olympic Committee Safeguarding in Sport certificate.
Elaine acts as first point of contact for athletes from the following sports:
The BAC is delighted to announce the expansion of our Athlete Support Team, with the appointment of Elaine Francis to the roles of Athlete Support Manager and Head of Safeguarding.
Elaine Francis explains the BAC’s role in relation to safeguarding within high-performance sport.
Following the unprecedented circumstances of the Tokyo Games, we reiterated to our membership that our support never stops.