The government’s “Every Child Matters: Change for Children” strategy is supported by legislation, plans and guidance entitled "Working Together to Safeguard Children", which sets out how individuals and organisations should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
British Weight Lifting has developed policies, procedures and systems to manage concerns or allegations of poor practice and abuse against young people. British Weight Lifting will always work in accordance with procedures as set out in the above guidance.
It is not the club’s responsibility to decide if a child is being abused or poor practice has occurred. Any concerns or allegations will be managed by British Weight Lifting, with the club’s cooperation and assistance. However, all adults working within lifting have a duty of care to be vigilant and respond appropriately to suspicions of poor practice, abuse or bullying. It is your responsibility to report your concerns.
If a young person or an adult has concerns, it is important that they are able to report them to someone at the club. It is therefore important that the club know how to respond, and who will do this.
Once a concern has been reported, it is important that appropriate action is taken. It will not be the club’s responsibility to decide if action needs to be taken, unless a child is at immediate risk of harm. It is, however, the club’s responsibility to report the concerns appropriately in accordance with British Weight Lifting’s policies, procedures and systems.
It is important to note that even if an incident occurs outside the lifting environment, it should still be reported to British Weight Lifting if the adult or young person concerned is involved in lifting. This is in accordance with standard practice in sport.
It is acknowledged that taking appropriate action is never easy. The discovery that a member of a club or colleague may be acting inappropriately, bullying or abusing a child will raise concerns and emotional feelings both for the person receiving the concern, and amongst other colleagues.
Remember that the safety and welfare of young people is paramount.
How do you report the concerns?
The diagrams in pdf available at the bottom of this page illustrate the reporting process depending on whether the concerns are from within or outside the lifting environment.
It is important that information regarding the concerns is recorded properly and promptly. To assist with this process, British Weight Lifting has developed a Safeguarding Referral Form which outlines the information that is required.
As soon as possible after concerns have been reported to you, complete the Safeguarding Referral Form and contact your Club Welfare Officer.
In their absence contact British Weight Lifting's Lead Child Welfare Officer on
If the British Weight Lifting Lead Child Welfare Officer is not available, and a child is at immediate risk or in danger, you must avoid delay and seek advice from your local authority Children Social Care Department (previously Social Services) or the Police. You should report to the local authority Children's Social Care Department (Social Services) or police in the area that the child lives.
As soon as possible, inform British Weight Lifting's Lead Child Welfare Officer and explain the action taken to date.
Where a concern is reported to British Weight Lifting and further action is required, British Weight Lifting's Lead Child Welfare Officer and British Weight Lifting's Case Management Group will follow the Safeguarding and Protecting Young People Complaints and Disciplinary Regulations.
At all times British Weight Lifting will support and communicate with the Club Welfare Officer where required in the management of the situation.
In some circumstances it may be most appropriate for the matter to be handled at local level e.g. on matters relating to minor poor practice or bullying. If this is appropriate, suitable guidance will be given by the British Weight Lifting Lead Child Welfare Officer.
References:HM Government 2006: Working Together to Safeguard Children
"What to do if you're worried a child is being abused" Department of Health, 2003