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Our Views on Safeguarding

British Weight Lifting is committed to promoting the safety and welfare of children and adults at risk engaged in the sport at all levels.


We have developed a set of principles and aim to contribute to safeguarding children and Adults at risk by:

  • Applying the principles and practices in ‘Working Together 2018’ (LINK)
  • Influencing and advocating at a strategic level
  • Implementing and demonstrating best safeguarding practices, and passing on this knowledge to all those involved in our sport
  • Working with partners to establish and implement safeguarding standards across the sport
  • Ensuring that all individuals and organisations that are funded or commissioned to provide services for children and young are effectively addressing safeguarding
  • Maximising our influence to promote safeguarding practice and principles within our wider partnership roles and relationships


What good safeguarding practice looks like:

The COACH Model helps you to remember what good coaching practice should look like:

C - ONSIDER all lifters and encourage them to enjoy our sport

O - FFER constructive comments and support and be open and approachable at all times

A - LWAYS adhere to our coaching code of conduct, putting athletes needs first

C - REATE an inclusive and safe environment 

H - ELP everyone to reach their full potential, regardless of their ability  


BWL Codes of conducts


Code of Conduct

Lifter (Link)


Technical Official (Link)


Parents (Link)

Spectator (Link)


BWL Policies and procedures


Policies and Procedures

Safeguarding and protecting young people in lifting Policy (Link)

Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures (Link)

Social Media Policy (Link)

Whistle Blowing Policy (Link)

Equality, Diversity, AND Inclusivity Action Plan (Link)


BWL Downloadable Club Posters


Downloadable Club Posters

Safeguarding Poster (Link)

Play Safe Stay Safe Poster (Link)

Code of Conduct Posters (Link)

Safety Online Poster (Link)

Club Welfare officer Poster (Link)

BWL safeguard plan template (Link)

Running a safe club (Link)

Club Welfare Officer Guidance Pack (Link)


Reporting a concern


Often within Safeguarding there is no clear right or wrong. It can be difficult to make a decision on how to act, if you have any concerns about a child or adult at risk, this should be reported using the BWL procedures

Within BWL we have policies of how to report abuse within and outside our sport, just simply click the links below.

If you are ever in doubt you can contact BWL’s Lead Safeguarding officer Sue Ward . You can also contact at any time the NSPCC Helpline – or call 0800 800 5000



Reporting a concern

Reporting a concern within the sport

Reporting a concern outside the sport

If you are under 18

You can call Childline direct to talk about anything that is worrying you. They are open 24/7 and talking to them is totally free.  Call 0800 1111 or visit their website: where you can have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email to one of their counsellors.


You can also call the NSPCC on a free helpline number: 0808 800 5000 or email  - they are open 7 days a week and can provide you with lots of confidential advice and support.










Safeguarding Training


There are two main courses. One is designed for all those working with young people and the other specifically for Club Welfare Officers.


Safeguarding and protecting children Workshop



Three hours



This workshop offers basic safeguarding awareness training and covers areas including roles and responsibilities, exploring best practice through discussing various scenarios within sport, identifying concerns, and how to respond should concerns arise


Who should attend: 

Head coach, Club Secretary and Club Welfare officers should attend this workshop to improve their safeguarding knowledge and ensure their club is run safely. All clubs must have a named Club Welfare Officer who role is identified to BWL and they must attend this workshop.


Although not compulsory, it is to be recommended as best practice that all club volunteers and committee members also attend to increase their awareness of how to keep children, young people, and adults at risk safe.


Time to Listen



Three hours


This workshop focuses specifically on the role of the Club Welfare Officer, it enables welfare officers to explore the specific requirements and responsibilities of this important role.


Who should attend: 

Club Welfare Officers are advised they should attend this course to further improve their knowledge of safeguarding.








How can I attend a course?



There are two main ways to access these courses:

Active Partnerships

All Active Partnerships (formerly County Sports Partnerships) across England organise UK Coaching safeguarding children workshops on a regular basis. Contact your local Regional Relationship Manager who can direct you to your local Active Partnership to book your place.


The NSPCC has a special Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) they run courses for Safeguarding officers multiple times a year, you can check their course offering at (Safeguarding course only)

There are several organisations that offer safeguarding workshops, but these must be deemed suitable by the Child Protection in Sport Unit to be accepted.

If you are unsure whether a workshop that you have attended is recognised, please check by contacting BWL’s Lead Safeguarding officer Sue Ward



Refresher Training

Due to frequent changes in legislation, members must renew their 3-hour face-to-face training every three years.

Are Online Courses Accepted for updating your knowledge after 3 year?

No, members must attend a physical workshop; this is due to the nature of the issues and the need to discuss them to explore different scenarios and the boundaries of acceptable behaviour.  It can only be done sufficiently in a workshop setting facilitated by an experienced tutor.


Yearly refresher course

We have created a CPD to help keep your safeguarding knowledge up to date between your 3-year face to face course. Please check our eLearning offerings here …….LINK


Further questions

If you have any questions about safeguarding training requirements please email BWL’s Lead Safeguarding officer Sue Ward

Disclosure & Barring Service

Welfare officers and all coaches must have an active Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, this establishes if the person is considered suitable to work with children and vulnerable adults.

The DBS process

DBS checks with  are valid for two years from date of issue or the date of an online service update check by British Weight Lifting. All adults who wish to continue to work in a role which requires a DBS check must renew their application prior to its expiry after two years.

If an individual, working in a role which requires a DBS check, receives a conviction or a caution for any offence, they must notify British Weight Lifting within 28 days of the date of the conviction or caution. They will usually be required to complete a new DBS check.


How to apply for a DBS check

To apply for a British Weight Lifting DBS certificate, you must first apply for a Coach licence through your BWL account. BWL will then assess your application and if required, will set up a DBS application through online checking company, GBG. You will be required to 1) complete an online application through GBG and 2) submit ID documents to BWL for verification – the DBS will not be processed until both steps have been completed.

A DBS check costs £15.30 which is GBG’s admin fee.

BWL accepts existing DBS checks provided they are 1) of an Enhanced level and 2) are registered on the online update service. You will be required to submit a copy of your DBS certificate to authorise BWL to check your existing DBS on the update service.

For those living in Northern Ireland, DBS checks will be process by Access NI and have an admin fee of £10.00.

Referrals to the Safeguarding Case Management Group

If British Weight Lifting is notified of disclosures on an applicant’s DBS check which require a risk assessment before clearance, the matter will be referred to a Safeguarding Case Management Group (SCMG) for determination by the SCMG.

However, the Lead Safeguarding Officer  has the power to determine that disclosures on an applicant’s DBS check do not require a risk assessment, by virtue of the fact that they are not sufficiently serious, and the individual can be cleared to continue in their role upon notification.

Where an applicant’s DBS disclosures are referred to the SCMG, the applicant cannot commence or continue in a role requiring a DBS check until such time as a decision as to their suitability has been made.

Useful Safeguarding links


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