GBWR 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.

GBWR encourages a safe and supportive environment through adoption of its Codes of Conduct for those in and connected to the sport:

Codes of Conduct

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 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

Available here are forms, which use of promotes good safeguarding practice:

Activity Consent Form and Approval by Parents or Legal Guardian

Event Photography Registration Form for Junior Events

Incident Record Form

Reference Request Form

Self-Declaration Form

Volunteer Application 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 adults at risk) 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 GBWR’s Lead Safeguarding Officer (Acting), Gill Camina at or on 07860 874 809.

For general queries relating to safeguarding, please contact David Pond at

Club Welfare Officers

Canterbury WRC
Clare Hatfull
07821 395 125

DMP Bulls
Jaz Thompson
07805 855 412

Dorset Destroyers
Jo Davidson-Stillitoe

Gloucester WRC
Trina Brown
01531 822 444

Craig Streeter
0781 772 3867

MTWRC: Marauders
Rachel Dickie
0788 2077 227

MTWRC: Tigers
Agata Sirri
077 0404 5037

Newcastle WRC
Jerry Lathbury
07891 573 944

Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby
Martyn Langmead
07944 209 017

Rygbi Gogledd Cymru
Mark Baines
07855 317 241

Solent Sharks
Chris Jay
07557 389 404

Stoke Mandeville Maulers
Nicola Hammerton

West Coast Crash
Ryan Cowling
07584 197 146

West Country Hawks
Adam Simmons
0787 659 4588

Woodbridge Wheeled Warriors
Teresa Riches

Yorkshire Lions
Jan Spencer
07815 555 664

GB Elite Team
Lee Stutely
07940 450651

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

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:

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.
0800 1111

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

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

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