Safer Badminton

If you have a safeguarding concern, please use our online form to provide the details.
If you’d like to speak to someone outside of office hours, you can call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
If someone is in immediate danger, call the police (999).

Badminton Wales is committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk.

The safety and welfare of children and adults at risk under the care of the organisation and it’s member clubs is paramount. All participants to Badminton Wales and affiliated activities have a right to feel safe and be safe. All members have a duty to keep children and adults at risk safe and help protect them from abuse or harm.

All children and adults at risk that engage with Badminton Wales, regardless of age, culture, social background, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to feel safe and protected from abuse, exploitation and poor practice.

All suspicions, reports and/or allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly which may involve the appropriate local authority teams where necessary.

Safeguarding, Safer Badminton – Overview, Badminton Wales

Badminton Wales acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk, and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory requirements and responsibilities, government guidance and recognised best practice.

Badminton Wales expects all staff, players, volunteers and members to share this commitment.

Badminton Wales has a Child Protection Policy which we strongly encourage counties / leagues / clubs / welfare officers / coaches / members to be familiar with and adopt.

Badminton Wales has also produced a list of appendices/downloadable documents which can be found at the bottom of the page. These include a self-declaration form, incident form and a useful contacts list amongst others and these are designed to assist clubs, organisers and coaches with some of the administration which may be required this season.

In line with the standards and our Child Protection Policy, Badminton Wales will be looking for the following:

  • All junior clubs* and senior clubs with junior members* to have a club welfare officer who should be known to the players and readily available.(Ideally this would not be a coach but a coach is preferable to having no welfare officer at all)
  • Club Welfare Officers should attend the ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ Workshop** (SPC)
  • Badminton Wales highly recommends that coaches also attend the SPC Workshop**

* The term ‘junior’ relates to any persons under the age of 18

** The SPC Workshop referred to is the Sports Coach UK workshop. It is recommended that these courses are renewed every 3 years to ensure that attendees are up to date with current legislation.

Safeguarding Standard for Sport

In Wales, the Safeguarding Standard has two levels which are assessed through the submission of a portfolio of evidence, and a presentation at a panel.  Badminton Wales attained  Level 2 of the standard in 2019 and again in December 2023. We are currently working towards Level 3 with support from Sport Wales, the CPSU and Ann Craft Trust.

After gaining Level 3 NGBs are monitored on an annual basis so as to ensure that the elements of their action plan are being achieved and that progression and refinement of processes and policies continue.

There are 5 criteria for the standard:

  1. Policy
  2. Procedures
  3. Practice
  4. Education and Training
  5. Implementation and Monitoring
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