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Safeguarding

In order to ensure the continued safety and wellbeing for all those involved in gymnastics, there are rules, regulations and policies are in place. Here you'll find a selection of shortcuts and links to key webpages and documents that we feel parents should be most familiar with and that will help you understand what is in place in regards to safeguarding…

British Gymnastics

Safeguarding and Compliance
We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children, young persons and adults at risk in our sport and our aim is to ensure all who participate in gymnastics have a safe, fun, positive experience and are able to fulfil their potential.

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Safeguarding & Child Protection
Reporting Safeguarding & Child Protection Concerns flowchart.

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Keeping your child safe
A guide for parents; when your child is taking part in gymnastics, we want you to be confident that they can have fun in a safe environment. Here’s some useful information to help you understand what is in place and who can help you…
Have Fun, Be Safe
When you are taking part in gymnastics, we want you to have fun, learn great skills and be the best gymnast you can be. At the same time,
we need to make sure you feel safe. Here’s some tips to help you understand how to be safe and who can help you…
Safeguarding Children: Safe Environment
All clubs and gymnastics activity providers have a responsibility for the safety and welfare of gymnasts, coaches, volunteers, officials, visitors and others. This responsibility applies to all British Gymnastics (BG) registered clubs, regardless of their size or structure. There is a legal responsibility to ensure that participants are protected from harm whilst taking part in gymnastics. This is legally termed as the ‘duty of care’ and is particularly significant when dealing with children.

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Health and Safety
British Gymnastics regards the health, safety and welfare of all members to be of paramount importance, which should not be compromised. To this end, it is British Gymnastics policy to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, that procedures are in place to maintain a safe and healthy environment not only for our members but also for other persons who may be affected by the activities of British Gymnastics and/or our affiliated clubs and organisations.

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Equality & Diversity
British Gymnastics subscribes to the principles of equality of opportunity and strives to ensure that anyone participating in gymnastics is able to do so in an environment free from any form of discrimination, victimisation and harassment.

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Weighing Gymnasts
British Gymnastics acknowledges the complexities surrounding weighing in gymnastics. We have a duty of care to safeguard the physical and mental health of the gymnasts. The weighing of gymnasts should only be undertaken with clear reasoning and with the gymnast’s optimal long-term development in mind.

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Health, Safety & Welfare Policy
British Gymnastics regards the health, safety and welfare of all members to be of paramount importance, which should not be comprised. To this end, it is British Gymnastics policy to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, that procedures are in place to maintain a safe and healthy environment not only for its members but also for other people who may be affected by the activities of British Gymnastics and/or affiliated clubs and organisations.

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Standards of Conduct for Coaches, Instructors & Officials
Individual Coaches, Instructors and Officials are responsible for ensuring they conform to the standards of conduct, behaviour, fair and inclusive treatment, etiquette and good manners specified in these Standards and in all applicable British Gymnastics Regulations and policies.

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Concerned?

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and if you are concerned then you should discuss and report the matter. If the matter is not immediate you can discuss with:

  • Your child’s coach directly
  • Our Welfare Officer (Katie Newman)
  • A member of the British Gymnastics Safeguarding team
  • The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
If you think a child is in immediate danger of abuse or risk of harm, contact the police on 999. When raising a concern, you should assure your child that they did the right thing by SPEAKING OUT and telling you.

Contacts

Heathrow Gymnastics Club Welfare Officer is Katie Newman. If you have any concerns, you can confidentially contact Katie by phone on 0208 569 5069, or by email ObscureMyEmail (for confidentiality access to this email is by Katie Newman only).

For more information about safeguarding, you can call or visit British Gymnastics Safeguarding Team on 0345 129 7129, email them at ObscureMyTwoEmail or visit their website british-gymnastics.org/safeguarding

The London Borough of Hounslow, Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
lado@hounslow.gov.uk

NSPCC
0808 8005000
nspcc.org.uk

CPSU
thecpsu.org.uk

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