British Weight Lifting

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Safeguarding and Protecting Young People

British Weight Lifting is the national governing body for the sport of weightlifting and disability powerlifting in the United Kingdom. As part of its commitment to ensuring that young people are able to enjoy the sport of weightlifting and disability powerlifting, British Weight Lifting has developed this policy on safeguarding and protecting young people in these sports.


British Weight Lifting believes that all young people involved in weightlifting and disability powerlifting have a basic right to be protected so that they can enjoy the sport free from all forms of abuse and mistreatment. It therefore seeks to help protect and promote the welfare of all young people by having in place clear policies and guidance for its affiliated clubs and associations and all others involved in the sport.


British Weight Lifting views all those within weightlifting and disability powerlifting as part of the weightlifting and disability powerlifting community. This includes all clubs, associations, other organisations and individuals with any involvement at any level. British Weight Lifting believes that all members of the weightlifting and disability powerlifting community have responsibilities to help protect young people and British Weight Lifting has developed this Safeguarding and Protecting Young People policy to help ensure that this happens.


The term safeguarding means to promote the safety and welfare of young people. Safeguarding is a term used to incorporate good practice and is wider than “Child Protection”. Child protection is still an essential element of this policy and is about acting on concerns about a young person or individual. Safeguarding and child protection will not be implemented overnight. It is a long-term process. It is the responsibility of the whole club to implement the appropriate safeguarding policies and procedures.


This policy has been formulated in accordance with guidance from the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and in line with government guidance. The safeguarding policy is not just to protect children in lifting, it is to introduce good practice, raise awareness and provide piece of mind.


We hope that the policy will assist your club/association as we all work towards a safer environment for the future of our sport.


What does my club need to do?


Club Welfare Officers

  • A club must nominate a Club Welfare Officer who will advise and ensure that safeguarding is being adhered to in the club.
  • The Club Welfare Officer must attend a ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ workshop accredited by Sportscoach UK (3 hours).
  • The Club Welfare Officer must have a vetting check.
  • The Club Welfare Officer must attend the NSPCC ‘Time to Listen’ course as of January 2011) advising on the role, requirements and responsibilities of child safeguarding in clubs. Contact your County Board to access this course.


Once appointed, your Club Welfare Officer will be able to attend a training course regarding their role, requirements and responsibilities. At this course they will be given a copy of the policy.


British Weight Lifting’s Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Lifting policy will be updated every three years or more frequently as required and in line with changes to legislation, government guidance and industry standard practice.


Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Lifting Policy and Procedures


Section 1: Responsibilities and Safe Recruitment

Section 2: Good Practice and Responding to Disclosure Procedures

Section 2b:  Recognising Poor Practice

Section 2c: Guidance for Hands On Adjustment

Section 3: Communication and Confidentiality Policy

Section 4: Running a Safe Club and Welfare Officer Recruitment

Section 5: Email and Social Media Guidance

Section 6: Appendices

Section 7: Templates

Section 8: Useful Contact and Support Networks


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