GBWR is wholly committed to creating a safe and positive environment for participants of all ages within our sport. We have robust and established safeguarding procedures in place and will continue to respond positively to anyone raising concerns. We have worked closely with the Child Protection in Sport Unit and are currently working to achieve the NSPCC’s National Advanced Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in sport. We recognise the additional vulnerability of disabled children and adults and are committed to working in partnership with the statutory agencies to ensure that the safeguarding of children and adults at risk is prioritised at all times. We also recognise the power of wheelchair rugby to promote achievement, self-esteem, independence and improvements in physical and mental health. Our network of Club Welfare Officers are key to ensuring that best practice is promoted, and the voices of disabled participants are heard, to support continuous improvement and appropriate responses at all levels of our sport.
Here you can read the briefing on disability sport:
Here you can download copies of our policies and guidance on safeguarding:
The Incident Record Form, also available as an appendix within GBWR’s ‘Safe and Sound: Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy and Guidance’, can be accessed separately here:
For more information on how GBWR deals with safeguarding concerns please see the Safeguarding reporting flowchart:
Safeguarding also extends to ensuring you are only sharing personal details (particularly those of children and vulnerable adults) when appropriate – the CPSU recommend following the 7 Golden Rules for Information Sharing as set out by HM Government. You can download a copy of the guidance here:
If you have a concern about a child’s welfare or safety please contact David Pond at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0797 1495 990.
For general queries relating to safeguarding, please contact Kirsty Clarke at email@example.com.
Club Welfare Officers
07821 395 125
01531 822 444
0781 772 3867
0788 2077 227
077 0404 5037
North East Bulls
07870 393 569
Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby
07944 209 017
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru
077 9303 9722
07557 389 404
West Coast Crash
0758 325 8853
West Country Hawks
0787 659 488
Woodbridge Wheeled Warriors
GB Elite Team
07977 574 377
Resources for Parents
The Child Protection in Sport Unit offers the following resources for parents:
Promoting Positive Parental Behaviour in Sport
My Magic Sports Kit
If you are unable to contact the GBWR Safeguarding Officer, or wish to speak to someone else about the issue, please find some useful contact details below:
24 hour free and confidential telephone Helpline that provides counselling, information and advice to anyone concerned about a child at risk of ill treatment or abuse.
0808 800 5000
24 hour free and confidential telephone Helpline for children.
A Confidential crisis telephone counselling service for children, young people and adults.
020 8541 1177
Nationwide, non-religious, non-political 24 hour confidential support.
08457 90 90 90
Local Victim Support services provide emotional support, information and practical help for victims and witnesses.
0845 3030 900
The UK’s free online specialised child protection resources, a general list of 1,000 self-help organisations within the UK.