Sport can and does have a very powerful and positive influence on people - especially children, young people and protected adults. 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.  These positive effects can only take place if sport is in the right hands i.e. in the hands of those who place the welfare of all children and young people first and adopt practices that support, protect and empower them.

Scottish Gymnastics accept that the welfare and safety of children, young people and protected adults is the responsibility of everyone in the sport, whether paid staff or volunteer.   As an organisation Scottish Gymnastics will endeavor to promote the highest standards of care for all.  We are committed to not only developing policies and procedures but to providing information, education and training opportunities to ensure those working with these groups adopt best practice and that at all times no child, young person, protected adult is placed at risk of harm whilst participating in gymnastics activities.