The BGA recognises that sport can and does have a very powerful and positive influence on young people. Not only can it provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement; it can also develop valuable qualities such as self-esteem, leadership and teamwork. These positive effects can only take place if sport is in the right hands – in the hands of those who place the welfare of all young people first and adopt practices that support, protect and empower them.
Most youngsters happily and safely participate in sport under the watchful and concerned care of dedicated instructors and club members. However, the reality is also that abuse does take place in sport and in some cases members of clubs and associations have been convicted. Every adult has a legal and moral responsibility to protect young people and disabled adults in sport from abuse.
The BGA recognises that we have a duty of care towards young and vulnerable participants and can help to protect them from abuse. (From Guidelines for Governing Bodies of Sport and Local Authorities, Sports Coach UK (NCF), NSPCC.)
The BGA recognises that for Child Protection purposes, a child refers to any person under the age of 18.
The BGA Child Protection Policy and Procedures can be viewed here. A Word version is available that clubs can use as a template for their own policy.
Associated FAQ’s and guidance can be viewed here
Child Protection Policy templates for use by Clubs are linked from this webpage.
The BGA Child Protection lead is Karon Matton Karon@gliding.co.uk