GBWR Safeguarding

Safeguarding

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:

Disability Sport: Safeguarding in Context

Here you can download copies of our policies and guidance on safeguarding:

Safe and Sound: Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy and Guidance

Sensitive Information Storage Policy

Guidance on Social Media

Safe Recruitment Policy

Safe Recruitment Flowchart

The Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

Guidance on Transporting Children

Guidance for Away Trips and Overnight Stays

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:

Incident Record Form

For more information on how GBWR deals with safeguarding concerns please see the Safeguarding reporting flowchart:

Safeguarding reporting procedures 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:

7 Golden Rules of Information Sharing

If you have a concern about a child’s welfare or safety please contact David Pond at david.pond@gbwr.org.uk or on 0797 1495 990.

For general queries relating to safeguarding, please contact Kirsty Clarke at kirsty.clarke@gbwr.org.uk.

Club Welfare Officers

Canterbury WRC
Clare Hatfull
clarehatfull@yahoo.com
07821 395 125

Gloucester WRC
Trina Brown
trinambrown@hotmail.co.uk
01531 822 444

LWRC
Craig Streeter
streeter75@hotmail.com
0781 772 3867

MTWRC: Marauders
Rachel Dickie
team.manager@mtwrc.org.uk
0788 2077 227

MTWRC: Tigers
Agata Sirri
secretary@mtwrc.org.uk
077 0404 5037

North East Bulls
Gareth Herridge
gareth.herridge@yahoo.co.uk
07870 393 569

Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby
Martyn Langmead
martyn.langmead@sky.com
07944 209 017

Rygbi Gogledd Cymru
Nic Bee-Jones
nicrugbee@gmail.com
077 9303 9722

Solent Sharks
Chris Jay
chris.jay@dsl.pipex.com
07557 389 404

West Coast Crash
Mike Pill
toffeepilly@hotmail.co.uk
0758 325 8853

West Country Hawks
Adam Simmons
adamsimmons456@btinternet.com
0787 659 488

Woodbridge Wheeled Warriors
Teresa Riches
warriorscwo@gmail.com

Yorkshire Lions
Allan Smith
ae.s@sky.com

GB Elite Team
Mary Nicholls
mary.nicholls@gbwr.org.uk
07977 574 377

Resources for Parents

The Child Protection in Sport Unit offers the following resources for parents:

Promoting Positive Parental Behaviour in Sport
https://thecpsu.org.uk/resource-library/2013/promoting-positive-parental-behaviour-in-sport/

My Magic Sports Kit
https://thecpsu.org.uk/resource-library/2013/my-magic-sports-kit/

External Contacts

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:

NSPCC
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
www.nspcc.org.uk

Childline
24 hour free and confidential telephone Helpline for children.
0800 1111
www.childline.org.uk

Careline
A Confidential crisis telephone counselling service for children, young people and adults.
020 8541 1177

The Samaritans
Nationwide, non-religious, non-political 24 hour confidential support.
08457 90 90 90
www.samaritans.org.uk

Victim Support
Local Victim Support services provide emotional support, information and practical help for victims and witnesses.
0845 3030 900

Self Help
The UK’s free online specialised child protection resources, a general list of 1,000 self-help organisations within the UK.
www.self-help.org.uk