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 (DSO), as well as a Code of Conduct and a Safeguarding and Welfare Policy with associated procedures for reporting and investigating issues of safeguarding.
All practitioners share responsibility for working in an ethical manner and prioritising the safeguarding of clients and the integrity of the profession. To assist members in fulfilling this responsibility, BASES has published a publicly available Expert Statement on Safeguarding in the Sport and Exercise Sciences.
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 up-skill on matters of safeguarding through attending the BASES Safeguarding and 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 members 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 through one of the following channels:
For further information, please refer to the BASES Expert Statement on Safeguarding in the Sport and Exercise Sciences.