Sport 7 welfare recommendations

22:20  21 april  2017
22:20  21 april  2017 Source:   Press Association

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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 Ombudsman

The 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.

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2. Measurement

The Government should measure duty of care via an independent benchmark survey.

3. NGB boards

All NGB boards should have a named member responsible for duty of care, with an explicit responsibility and leadership role.

4. Induction process

An induction process should be carried out for all 'participants' - anyone training for/competing in, working in or volunteering in a sport - entering the elite levels, and, where relevant, their families should also be included.

5. Exit surveys

As participants leave formal programmes, an independent exit interview should be conducted, with the results being taken account of in future funding decisions.

6. Duty of care charter

This should be established by Government, explicitly setting out how participants can expect to be treated and where they can go if they need advice, support and guidance.

7. The British Athletes Commission (BAC)

Government should independently fund the BAC to enable it to provide the best support to participants on talent pathways in Olympic and Paralympic sports.

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

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.

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