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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.

 

The Lead Officer has undertaken relevant training with the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit & Ann Craft Trust. The Deputy Safeguarding Officer shares the responsibility for Safeguarding with the Lead Safeguarding Officer and BAC Board. The BAC Board has a dedicated Safeguarding Champion.

Together, these three individuals provide advice, support and guidance for the organisation 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.

Please find below the BAC’s information on Safeguarding; which contains our procedures.

You can find and view your NGB’s own safeguarding policy here

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 on 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

Certification

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

If you have any concerns, please get in touch with our Lead Safeguarding Officer or Deputy Safeguarding Officer:

Sarah Newton

Head of Operations and Designated Safeguarding Officer

Tel: 020 3126 4270
Email: sarah.newton@britishathletes.org

Hannah Dean

Athlete Support Manager and Lead Safeguarding Officer

Tel: 07546 305867
Email: hannah.dean@britishathletes.org

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

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In July 2020, British Athletes Commission joined forces with NSPCC to launch a helpline that supports athletes’ concerns of abuse in British Gymnastics

The Helpline is still available, between 8am and 10pm on weekdays and 9am and 6pm at weekends, on 0800 056 0566.

Further information >
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The free and confidential helpline is staffed by independent, trained NSPCC counsellors, and offers support and guidance for children and young people or anyone involved with gymnastics who has safeguarding concerns, acting as a single point of contact for individuals regardless of whether they are funded athletes, former funded athletes, community-level athletes or parents.

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NSPCC

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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.

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Ann Craft Trust

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Through pioneering training, practice reviews and contributing to world-leading research, the Ann Craft Trust supports organisations to safeguard disabled children and adults at risk and minimise the risk of harm.

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