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Safeguarding

The BAC is committed to protecting the welfare and interests of its members regardless of their age, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or social-economic background.

We will always prioritise the safety and well-being of our members and will work in the system to promote a culture ensuring athletes are listened to and respected as individuals.

Please find below the BAC’s information on Safeguarding; which contain our procedures, if you have any concerns please get in touch with our designated person within the BAC please click here where your concerns will be treated with confidentiality.

If you need immediate help with any issues raised around safeguarding then please contact the NSPCC’s national helpline on 0808 800 5000 or by text to 88858. The NSPCC also have a free textphone for people who are deaf or are hearing impaired on 18001 0808 800 5000, or you can go online at help@nspcc.org.uk

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.

Safeguarding Officers

The BAC has a lead Safeguarding Officer (currently the Athlete Support Manager) and a Deputy Safeguarding Officer (currently the Head of Operations) who have responsibility for Safeguarding within the executive. The Safeguarding Champion is a director of the company and sits on the main Management Board. Together, these three individuals provide advice and guidance to the case management team and the Board of the company on all safeguarding and child protection issues.

All BAC employees have undertaken training on safeguarding. The organisation regularly reviews the training needs of staff and directors.

The BAC recognises that it is vital that if and when they meet or talk with young or vulnerable persons in the course of their work is alert to:

Children and young people who experience symptoms of abuse are likely to choose someone they trust to raise concerns.

Certification

The BAC proudly achieved the advanced level of ‘Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport’ in August 2019.

BAC contacts

Ofure Ugiagbe
Athlete Support Manager and Lead Safeguarding Officer
Tel: 07889 507810
Email: ofure@britishathletes.org

or

Sarah Newton
Head of Operations and Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Tel: 020 3126 4270
Email: sarah@britishathletes.org

 

The NSPCC has a specialist Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) that offers help and advice about safeguarding children in sport. The BAC is committed to supporting this work and has created a Child Safety Policy in consultation with the CPSU.

For link to CPSU click here >

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