safeguarding

Safeguarding and Welfare

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.

Education and training

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.

Reporting concerns

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:

  • contact the BASES Designated Safeguarding Officer, Tom Holden, via the BASES safeguarding hotline on 0333 939 9962, or by emailing: safeguarding@bases.org.uk
  • contact a designated safeguarding officer within a specific NGB or sports club;
  • contact the NSPCC’s general helpline for adults on 0808 800 5000 and ChildLine for children and young people on 0800 1111.

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

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 FBASES
  • Clive Cook
  • Dr Emma Kavanagh
  • Prof Zoe Knowles FBASES
  • Katie Richards
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