Sport Wales are currently considering a number of safeguarding developments to further support our partners, and the sector. The catalyst for this development has stemmed from several recent reports and recommendations, namely the review into British Gymnastics: The Whyte Review that was released in June 2022. There are many learnings from this report that are relevant to the sector in Wales, and we encourage all sporting organisations to read the executive summary for further understanding. Sport Wales are working collaboratively with Welsh Gymnastics and the other Sports Councils to share these learnings and implement positive change over the coming months. We are committed to making the sector safe to ensure everyone can have a lifetime enjoyment of sport. We want Wales to be an active nation with as many people as possible inspired to be active through sport (read more about The Vision for Sport here).
You can read an article by Ann Craft Trust ‘Reflecting on the Whyte Review’ here, and a statement from the Child Protection in Sport Unit here
Some changes Sport Wales have already started to implement since the release of the Whyte Report are listed below, and we will continue reviewing and developing the support we offer our partners and the sector:
- Review and update our safeguarding policy and procedures
- Cross reference the Duty of Care in Sport Report and what progress has been made in Wales
- Gather insight on Case Management processes and procedures
- Review our partner safeguarding and coaching forums, and identify areas for collaboration and impact
- Work collaboratively with other Home Country Sports Councils on UK-wide safeguarding development
- Continue to work with the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and Ann Craft Trust (ACT) to improve safeguarding standards for the sector
- Review our approach to safeguarding in the Capability Framework
- Explore culture change at board level and mechanisms to support progress
- Work with sports on their safeguarding approach at club level
If you would like to discuss any of these areas of development, or have further feedback on the Whyte Report, please contact the Governance Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclosure and Barring Service
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is a government service. It replaced the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).
It helps prevent unsuitable people from working with children and other vulnerable groups. It carries out DBS checks (previously known as CRB checks) which is a criminal records check. It helps organisations like sports clubs make safer volunteer recruitment decisions. Discussions about DBS and a review into its suitability for the sector is currently taking place. You can read more about safer recruitment and its importance on the CPSU website here
More information on DBS checks is available on the Vibrant Nation website.
Alternatively visit our Club Support
Safeguarding at Clubs
To find out more about what clubs should do to help safeguard children as well as available training, visit our Club Support
Welsh Sport Safeguarding Hub
CPSU Wales has teamed up with ACT to create the ‘Welsh Sport Safeguarding Hub’.
The Hub is aimed at increased sharing of best practice and a more joined up approach in safeguarding both children and adults in sport. Officers within the hub will work closely together to raise the profile of safeguarding within the sport sector and with statutory agencies, providing shared learning, training and support. You can get in touch with the Hub on 029 2033 4975. The CPSU and ACT also facilitate a monthly Lead Officers Safeguarding Forum which allows partners to network, share good practice, and receive facilitated discussions on safeguarding topics by specialist speakers to enable continued learning and development.
Reporting a concern
Should you have any concerns about the safety and wellbeing of a child, there are several options:
- If you think a child or adult is in immediate danger of abuse, contact the police on 999.
- If there's no immediate danger and you are unsure of who to speak to, you can speak to your club or organisation designated child welfare/safeguarding officer, or call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 for immediate advice.
For more information on reporting a concern or incident, please visit our Club Support