UK Athletics and scottishathletics – and three other governing bodies – are today publishing the first quarterly update following the Independent Review of UK Athletics Safeguarding.
To support and inform the development and implementation of effective and measurable outcomes to the recommendations, UKA and the Home County Athletics Federations (scottishathletics, Welsh Athletics, Athletics Northern Ireland and England Athletics, established a working group that meets on a monthly basis.
The group membership includes safeguarding officers from each of the athletics governing bodies – like our own Angus MacDonald – with additional support by the NSPCCs Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and support from the Ann Craft Trust.
The Review, published this summer, included six core recommendations and the following updates can be provided:
Core Recommendation 1:
Subject to any necessary variations in consequence of devolution – there should be one single universally applicable safeguarding policy for athletics in the UK for children and another for adults at risk in athletics in the UK.
Core Recommendation 2:
The UKA child safeguarding policy should be reviewed and amended in accordance with the recommendations herein.
Core Recommendation 3:
The UKA Adults at Risk safeguarding policy should be reviewed and amended in accordance with the recommendations herein.
The first three core recommendations refer specifically to the development of new safeguarding policies, and to that end we have:
The next steps will be for these policies to be submitted to the boards of UK Athletics and the HCAFs for formal approval and adoption.
Core Recommendation 4:
UKA should take operational responsibility for safeguarding in the sport of athletics in the UK.
Core Recommendation 5:
That responsibility should include (but is not limited to) the following aspects:
Core Recommendation 6:
In furtherance thereof, UKA should establish:
Core recommendations 4, 5 and 6 relate to UK Athletics taking operational responsibility for safeguarding across the UK. To ensure this happens in a focused and consistent manner the working group has:
Further updates against other recommendations:
By the next quarterly update, it is expected that most of the core six recommendations will have been delivered in full in addition to certain other recommendations. Thereafter the focus will move to delivery against the remaining recommendations and in particular those related to Training and Audit.
Joanna Coates (photo via Getty Images/British Athletics)
UKA CEO Joanna Coates said: ‘We welcome the progress made against the core recommendations of the Safeguarding Review so far which clearly laid out what was required of UK Athletics and the Home Country Athletics Federations.
‘The first steps are underway and the new working group comprising representatives across all organisations is exactly what was needed.’