Sport can and does have a very powerful and positive influence on people - especially children and young people. Not only can sport provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement, it can also help those who participate to develop valuable qualities and skills such as self-esteem, leadership and teamwork.
In order to ensure a safe environment Scottish Gymnastics is committed to not only developing policies and procedures but to providing help, guidance, education and training opportunities for clubs.
Clubs have a duty of care not only to the children and young people in their club but also to the coaches, helpers and officials working within the club. By adhering to the policies and procedures set by SG and adopting best practice, the risk of harm should be reduced and allow all those participating in gymnastics to enjoy a safe, fun and positive experience. Safeguarding training organised through SG is mandatory for all those working with children, young people and protected adults regardless of whether in a paid or voluntary capacity.
The vast majority of coaches, officials/helpers are committed, dedicated people who are motivated to work within the sport for commendable reasons. However it is important that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure that unsuitable people or people with an inappropriate motivation are prevented from working with children. The SG Safe Recruitment Policy contains procedures which should be adopted and applied consistently when appointing a coach, helper or official in either a voluntary or paid capacity.
For more information on safe recruitment click HERE
A key appointment in helping clubs meet the Minimum Operating requirements for Safeguarding, set by SG is that of a Safeguarding Officer (SO).
The SO will help clubs understand their responsibilities in terms of the recruitment of individuals (paid or voluntary) and how Scottish Legislation affects both the club and Scottish Gymnastics.
More information on the recruitment of a SO and roles and responsibilities can be found HERE