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Sport Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson calls for improvements in GB athletes' welfare

20:20  21 april  2017
20:20  21 april  2017 Source:   pressassociation.com

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A major independent report into athlete welfare in British sport featuring a series of recommendations for improving standards has been published. The report, entitled ‘Duty of Care in Sport’, is the result of a review conducted by Paralympic great Baroness Tanni Grey - Thompson for the Government’s

Baroness Tanni Grey - Thompson calls for welfare improvements - www.bbc.com. Recommendations aimed at improving athletes ' welfare are published as part of a major independent report into British sport.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson's Duty of Care in Sport report was published on Friday: Sports Personality of the Year 2016 - Arrivals © PA WIRE Sports Personality of the Year 2016 - Arrivals

A major independent report into athlete welfare in British sport featuring a series of recommendations for improving standards has been published.

The report, entitled 'Duty of Care in Sport', is the result of a review conducted by Paralympic great Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson for the Government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

The past year has seen allegations of bullying made against coaches in British Cycling and British Swimming hit the headlines, as well as an abuse scandal in football.

Published on Friday, Baroness Grey-Thompson's report lists seven 'priority recommendations'.

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Grey - Thompson backs welfare improvements . Recommendations aimed at improving athletes ' welfare have been published as part of a major independent report into British sport. Baroness Grey - Thompson 's recommendations include

Grey - Thompson backs welfare improvements . Recommendations aimed at improving athletes ' welfare have been published as part of a major independent report into British sport. Baroness Grey - Thompson 's recommendations include

It says the Government should create a Sports Ombudsman, measure duty of care via an independent benchmark survey, establish a duty of care charter, and independently fund the British Athletes Commission (BAC).

The other priority recommendations are that all national governing body boards should have a named member responsible for duty of care, that an induction process should be carried out for all people entering elite levels of sport, and that there should be independent exit interviews conducted as people leave formal programmes.

There is then a more detailed list of recommendations under seven different themes, which include 'equality, diversity and inclusion', 'safeguarding', 'mental welfare' and 'safety, injury and medical issues'.

7 welfare recommendations

  7 welfare recommendations A major independent report into athlete welfare in British sport was published on Friday. The 'Duty of Care in Sport' report - the result of a review conducted by Paralympic great Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson for the Government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport – features various recommendations for improving standards.There are seven 'priority recommendations' listed:1. A Sports OmbudsmanThe Government should create a Sports Ombudsman with powers to hold national governing bodies (NGBs) to account for the duty of care they provide to all athletes, coaching staff and support staff.2.

Baroness Tanni Grey - Thompson calls for improvements in GB Sarah Storey said it was surreal to think she had outdone Tanni Grey - Thompsons record haul of golds for a British female Paralympian. must improve its record on athlete welfare , says Baroness Tanni Grey - Thompson .

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Under 'safeguarding', it is recommended that the Government considers introducing a 'Duty to Report' in all sports organisations - mandatory reporting of any abuse or suspected abuse.

In her introduction, Baroness Grey-Thompson said: "Recent media reports and anecdotal evidence from across a range of sports has led to questions about whether welfare and safety really are being given the priority they deserve.

"At a time of success for British sport in terms of medals, championships and profile, this raises challenging questions about whether the current balance between welfare and winning is right and what we are prepared to accept as a nation.

"It feels timely for the sport sector to consider duty of care in its fullest sense. The sector is arguably under more scrutiny than ever before, with allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse in football, and accusations of a culture of bullying in some sports.

"Questions are being asked about the price being paid for success. It is clear that the drive for success and desire to win should not be at the cost of the individuals involved.

"Allegations about the past need to be thoroughly investigated, but the focus must also remain on those in the current system to ensure they are protected and free from harm, bullying, harassment and discrimination."

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