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Safeguarding

Weightlifting Wales is committed to safeguarding people participating in the sport, it is therefore vital that everyone involved in Weightlifting Wales, including coaches, volunteers and staff, are aware of their duty to safeguard the interest of young and vulnerable people.

Visit our news section for an important update on guidance for members.

Sport should be a fun, enjoyable and safe part of every participant’s life.

If you have concerns about the welfare of a child / vulnerable person:

Is the child / vulnerable person in immediate danger or are they injured?

  • If yes -> contact the emergency services immediately.

Report the concern:

  • In a sport setting: If you have a concern about something you have heard, witnessed, or have had disclosed to you by someone, then you should detail your concerns in the Safeguarding Concern form below, and send onto the Weightlifting Wales Safeguarding leads: Simon Roach & Hannah Powell (contact details can be found below) unless you believe there is immediate risk to someone, in which case you should always contact the emergency services.
  • All licensed Weightlifting Wales Clubs have a male and a female Welfare officer who have undergone safeguarding training and are there for you to report concerns to if the matter involves a member of their club or an incident has occurred at the club itself.
  • If the club or activity where there is concern isn’t licensed with Weightlifting Wales, you should report your concerns to the social services relevant to the area that the club is situated.
  • If you are outside a sport setting: you should notify the local authorities, such as the social services relevant to the area, if you have a concern about someone, if you are not in a sport setting. It is still your duty to report a concern, even if this is outside your sport.
  • If there's no one else available to help you, contact the police.
  • If you are unsure of what to do, and there is no immediate risk to a person, you can contact the NSPCC or Weightlifting Wales safeguarding officers for advice.

Ania Negele spotting a young lifter benching an empty bar

REMEMBER
It's not your responsibility to decide whether or not abuse has taken place, but it is your responsibility to act if you have concerns. No action is not an option. Never ignore a concern; your information may be vital, no matter how insignificant you may think it is.

If a child or vulnerable person discloses information to you about abuse, here are some tips on how to handle that conversation:

DO:

- Make yourself accessible for that person to approach you

- Stay calm and reassure them

- Listen to them and take them seriously

- Explain what you are going to do next once they finish telling you

- Consult with safeguarding officers immediately - call the police if you have concerns about immediate risk

- Write down everything you have been told and include all the details you can.

DO NOT:

- React strongly; it may be very difficult for this person to tell you this information and your reactions may make it more difficult

- Jump to conclusions

- Make any promises to keep secrets - you will have to disclose any concerns

- Make speculations or ask leading questions

- Interrupt or stop someone whilst they are giving information

- Try to fill silences during a disclosure; allow them to think

- Dismiss or downplay their concerns

- Keep information to yourself - you have a duty to report a concern about abuse

Links for Parents and Carers and people in positions of care

NSPCC: 5 things to ask your child's Sports Coach when choosing a club for them

NSPCC: Keeping children safe in sport: A Parent's Charter

Child Protection in Sport Unit: Advice for Parents

Child Protection in Sport Unit: Knowing when something is wrong

NSPCC Parent Hub

Free E-Learning for Parents: Keep your child safe in Sport

NSPCC Information and Guidance on Protecting Children from Grooming

Safety Online Poster (BWL)

Upcoming Safeguarding Courses:

Choose the right training here (Child Protection in Sport Unit)

Time to Listen Club Welfare Officers 3rd May (Online)

Check here for upcoming courses through Welsh Sport Association

Free Parent E-Learning (English)

Free Parent E-Learning (Cymraeg)

Training and webinars NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit

Resources for Clubs

Club Welfare Officer Poster (BWL Resource)

Club Welfare Officer Guidance (BWL Resource)

Our Commitment to DBS Checking

As part of our commitment to safeguarding in sport, Weightlifting Wales uses the Welsh Sports Association (WSA) DBS Checking Service for Sport & Leisure. The service is run through its trading arm Vibrant Nation, and provides bilingual, online DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service, formally CRB).

The WSA is the only provider of a fully bilingual system and service in Wales, and even offer a free DBS bilingual helpline should you have any questions. WSA offer a range of ID verification options, including the Post Office. The system also utilises the DBS Update Service, allowing Weightlifting Wales to fully enhance our safeguarding practices.

The system is entirely web-based and can be accessed from any location, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The system will also guide you through the process, ensuring that all correct information is provided thus reducing the likelihood of errors. Most applications are returned within 2 weeks, although many come back much quicker than this, some as quickly as 24 hours.

All individuals working with/having regular unsupervised contact with children should undertake an enhanced disclosure DBS check. Additionally, in Weightlifitng all licensed coaches must have an enhanced disclosure DBS check

For more information on DBS checks, please contact the Welsh Sports Association via the e-mail address or Helpline service below:

admin@vibrantnation.co.uk Tel 029 2033 4995

Alternatively contact your Weightlifting Wales safeguarding officers Simon Roach and Hannah Powell via the details below:

Simon.roach@weightlifting.wales; Hannah.powell@weightlifting.wales

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Safeguarding policy

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Safeguarding Concern Reporting Form

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Clubs Welfare Officer Contact Poster Download

Main Contacts

Weightlifting Wales Welfare and Safeguarding Officers

Useful Contacts

NSPCC
Childline