Safeguarding

GB Snowsport (GBS) is committed to ensuring athletes of all ages who participate in any of our Programmes or camps have a safe, rewarding and positive experience.

Our Child Safeguarding Policy must be complied with by all who work or volunteer within, or for our organisation with children and young people. This promotes good practice, helps raise awareness, and ensures people know what to do if they have any concerns about athletes or the behaviour of adults within or outside of GBS.  We will shortly be producing our Adult Safeguarding policy to support the work we do to ensure all adult athletes are safeguarded. 

If you have concerns about the behaviour of someone towards yourself or another athlete, please report these concerns.  You may wish to speak to your coach or the Performance Director – or you may like to speak with our Safeguarding Lead who is independent from the Performance team.

Or if you have any concerns about your wellbeing, or another athlete’s wellbeing, please do contact our Safeguarding Lead straight away for support.

 

 

SAFEGUARDING LEAD OFFICER

INFORMATION FOR COACHES AND OTHERS WORKING WITH GBS

If you are going to coach or work for GBS with athletes aged under 18, and this work involves coaching, supervising, transporting or caring for children, you will be required to:

  1. Have a current enhanced DBS disclosure (previously called CRB), with barred list check for working with children, carried out by GBS, SSE or SSW or have an equivalent disclosure and be a member of the DBS Update Service.  For Scottish coaches a current PVG Scheme Record issued by SSS is acceptable. Please see: Procedures for Obtaining a DBS
  2. Have a valid First Aid Certificate (coaches)
  3. Have a valid Safeguarding course certificate, issued within the last 3 years. Please see current guidance: Safeguarding Training Requirements
  4. Complete a Self-Declaration Form and return it to the Lead Welfare Officer
  5. Read and agree to abide by our Safeguarding Policy

National contacts for safeguarding and advice:

  • ChildLine UK – 24 hour helpline for children +44 (0) 800 1111; or chat 1-2-1 online with a counsellor or email ChildLine
  • NSPCC Freephone – 24 hour helpline for adults concerned about a child +44 (0) 808 800 5000
  • Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre - Worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you? +44 (0) 870 000 334
  • The Mix – support for under 25s on everything including anxiety, depression, self-harming, eating disorders, relationships etc +44 (0) 808 808 4994
  • Kidscape – helpline for adults concerned about bullying +44 (0) 8451 205 204
  • Bullying UK – Helpline for advice about bullying +44 (0) 808 800 2222
  • The Samaritans – Offers a safe place to talk, whatever the problem 116 123 (from UK)
  • Papyrus – Support for those dealing with suicide, depression or emotional distress – particularly teenagers and young adults +44 (0) 800 068 4141
  • Survivors UK – Male Rape and Sexual Abuse help, one of the biggest challenges will be taking the decision to talk to someone. WhatsApp and SMS links via website

The NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) provides up to date advice, guidance and good practice on safeguarding children in sport.

The Ann Craft Trust provides advice and good practice on safeguarding vulnerable adults, or adults at risk in sport. 

 

    For advice for children, young people, parents and carers, please go here: www.ThinkUKnow.co.uk