The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Safeguarding Welfare for Sport and Exercise Scientists

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) promotes a culture whereby the importance of safeguarding and welfare within sport and exercise science is a priority. BASES continues to meet statutory requirements for safeguarding by having a trained Designated Safeguarding Officer, as well as a Code of Conduct and a Safeguarding and Welfare Policy with associated procedures for reporting/investigating issues of safeguarding. All practitioners share the responsibility for working in an ethical manner that prioritises the safeguarding of clients, the self, and the integrity of the profession. To assist members in fulfilling this responsibility BASES has recently published a publically available Expert Statement click here 

BASES is committed to providing up-to-date training for its members including specific training for raising awareness of potentially problematic situations and dealing with safeguarding issues in practice. Members can upskill on matters of safeguarding through attending the BASES Safeguarding Welfare in Sport and Exercise Sciences designated practitioner workshop. In addition, there is an individual member responsibility to understand the appropriate safeguarding reporting procedures for the different sports and/or disciplines that they may work within. Safeguarding principles apply to all members regardless of the client groups they are working with.

In light of recent events that are prominent in the media regarding allegations of abuse in sport we would ask anyone who has any concerns, historical or current, in relation to practice within the sport and exercise science professions, to report those concerns in confidence either to the BASES Designated Safeguarding Officer, Kate Mills via the Safeguarding hotline on 0333 939 9962 or by emailing safeguarding@bases.org.uk or those in a similar role within a specific NGB or sports club.  Alternatively individuals can contact the NSPCC’s general helpline for adults 0808 8005000 and ChildLine for children and young people 0800 1111.

For further information, please refer to the BASES Expert Statement on Safeguarding in the Sport and Exercise Sciences available here.

The BASES Safeguarding Advisory Group

For any immediate safeguarding enquiries, please contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or the BASES Safeguarding hotline on 0333 939 9962 

Dr Andy Miles

Clive Cook

Dr Emma Kavanagh

Dr Zoe Knowles

Katie Richards

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