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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. Further information including policies, guidance, forms and upcoming training courses is available here.

GBWR’s Case Management Group (CMG) is responsible for ensuring that all allegations, incidents or referrals relating to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk are dealt with fairly, and equitably within appropriate timescales. The CMG operates according to its Terms of Reference.

If you have a concern about a child’s welfare or safety please contact GBWR’s Lead Safeguarding Officer, Helen Murdock, at safeguarding@gbwr.org.uk / 07802 800 251. Contact details for Club Welfare Officers and external contacts are below.

For general queries relating to safeguarding, please contact David Pond, Chief Executive, at david.pond@gbwr.org.uk.

Contacts

If you are unable to contact GBWR Safeguarding, or wish to speak to someone else about the issue, please find some useful contact details below:

Policies, Resources & Courses