15/12/2023- Member


BF Board approves updates to the BF Codes of Conduct including the GBR Codes of Conduct, which will come into effect from 1st January 2024.

The British Fencing Codes of Conduct are a series of documents setting out the expected minimum standards of behaviours for everyone involved in fencing activity in the UK.

The existing set of documents were reviewed in light of the current expected standards of behaviour in particular in relation to safeguarding and welfare and a desire to reduce duplication.

The resulting BF Code of Conduct – General contains the expected conduct for all BF members, persons and organisations involved in fencing activity in the UK. This document replaces the following:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Coaches Code of Conduct
  • Code of Conduct for Parents/Carers
  • Code of Conduct for Referees
  • Safeguarding Policy for Parents
  • Safeguarding Policy for Coaches


In addition to this the BF Code of Conduct for GBR Athletes has been adapted and extended from the ‘Athlete Youth Events’ to cover all athletes representing GBR including all events where athletes have been entered by British Fencing including FIE/EFC Senior, U23, Junior, Cadet or any Age Group events.  This also includes any international training camp where participation is organised through BF and/or participation is facilitated on the basis of the athlete representing GBR. This reflects the responsibility on all athletes to create positive competition and training environments irrespective of age, and underpins the work done with athletes to develop the GBR culture, which resulted in “Call It Attitude”, launched in 2022.

The existing BF Code of Conduct for GBR Coaches published in early 2023 has now also been formally approved by the Board.

Finally, any athlete in receipt of UK Sport programme funding from 1st January 2024 will be required to adhere to the Unacceptable Behaviour Policy.


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