Safeguarding Officers

Role and Responsibilities

A key appointment in helping clubs meet the Safeguarding requirements set by SG is that of a Safeguarding Officer (SO) (formerly Child Protection Coordinator)

He/she will be encouraged to promote best practice throughout the club by ensuring everyone is aware of their responsibilities and the role they have to play in Safeguarding at the club. The SO should also become a member of the clubs organising committee and act as advisor on all safeguarding matters.

The Safeguarding Officer should be over 21 years of age and should not be a Coach within the club or a close family member, spouse or partner of a coach within the Club.

Characteristics of a Safeguarding Officer (SO) within a gymnastics context include:

  •  An understanding of, and support for the introduction of Safeguarding policies & procedures
  •  An understanding and appreciation of the need for confidentiality at all times
  •  The ability to communicate clearly and effectively at all levels
  •  The ability to follow procedures and the confidence to know when to seek advice and not rely solely on own judgment in relation to referring concerns /cases externally

The role of the Safeguarding Officer (SO):

  • Ensure all persons working with children, young people, and vulnerable adults at the club are fully aware of what is required of them within the guidelines of the Associations Code of Practice and Safeguarding Policy and procedures
  • Conduct the administrative work associated with the safe recruitment of coaches, helpers and officials, including PVG applications (verify ID documentation) ensuring SGA procedures are followed consistently
  • Be the first point of contact for coaches, helpers, parents, and gymnasts on any issues concerning safeguarding and the wellbeing of the club members, (poor practice, or potential alleged abuse).
  • Act as adviser to the clubs management committee on matters of policy & procedures related to Safeguarding
  • Ensure that all coaches, helpers, chaperones and officials, attend relevant safeguarding courses
  • Ensure that all incidents are correctly recorded and reported in accordance with SGA policy and procedures
  • Ensure confidentiality is maintained and information is only shared on a genuine ‘need to know’ basis

Training requirements for the role are:  Safeguarding 2 and PVG Workshop.

A PVG Disclosure accessed through SG will be required

If you have any question or require further information please contact SG via email on lorna@scottishgymnastics.org 

Lorna Whyte
Ethics Welfare & Conduct Manager

March 2016