In consideration of the Whyte Review, safeguarding training requirements will be extended from 1st February 2023 to all athletes in the ADP, those age 16 and over who are selected to GBR squads and all adults that accompany them to representative events.
The welfare of all participants in fencing is a priority for British Fencing.
Trained Welfare Officers (required for all affiliated clubs and licensed competitions, register can be found here) already play a critical role in creating safe and inclusive environments where people can enjoy fencing.
All our registered coaches (register can be found here) and our staff already undertake mandatory safeguarding training.
However, the responsibility for safeguarding does not sit solely with them, it sits with everyone. There are additional safeguarding risk factors that exist for athletes when they travel and research (multi-sport) indicates that National team level athletes are also more at risk from abuse and harassment. Not just from people in positions of power but also from peers.
Understanding what is abuse and harassment, how to spot it, how to report concerns (both in the UK and internationally) and the role that we can all play in creating safe environments for athletes to compete is an important aspect of any person’s involvement with the GBR pathway.
In consideration of this and following the recommendations of the Whyte Review (the independent report examining allegations of mistreatment in the sport of gymnastics, see link below), BF will be extending the requirements for mandatory safeguarding training to all of the following:
This training will be delivered for free through the ADP programme and will be a mixture of learning modules, presentations and on-line discussions. (To see when these are timetabled click here).
If you are a GBR athlete or parent of a GBR athlete not in the ADP and wish to be emailed details of these sessions please contact us through this form here.
This policy will be brought in from 1st February 2023, training sessions will be available from October 2022.
We will also accept any of the following courses (all valid for three years), provided certificates are uploaded into the BF membership platform.
The Whyte Review
Sport England and UK Sport co-commissioned a fully independent review into allegations of abuse in gymnastics.
The Review was led by Anne Whyte QC, and it heard from individual gymnasts, parents, carers or guardians of gymnasts, gymnastics coaches, British Gymnastics staff or former staff and any other organisations and individuals who wanted to provide information.
The Review was published on 16 June 2022 and can be found here:
Please note: The Review concerns some sensitive and upsetting information. For some, including those who have personal experience of harm or abuse, this may be distressing
Reporting Safeguarding and Welfare Concerns (a reminder)
If you are an adult and you wish to report a concern, click here.
If you are looking for Mental Health Support, click here
If you are U18 and you have experienced or observed any form of harassment or abuse, or any behaviour that has made you feel uncomfortable we encourage you to reach out click here.
If you have experienced or witnessed any form of harassment or abuse whilst competing internationally at FIE competitions, you can also report it direct to the FIE here.
Please note that all concerns can be raised anonymously but this may mean affect our ability to take any action.
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