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Over the last 12 months the compliance team have undertaken a review of the safeguarding policy and have produced two separate policies and accompanying guidance documents to cover children and vulnerable adults, thereby ensuring our policies are fit for purpose and reflective of good practice guidance from the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

These policies and supporting documentation are now detailed below.

British Cycling safeguarding and protecting children policy
British Cycling safeguarding and protecting vulnerable adults policy

SG 1.1 British Cycling code of conduct
SG 1.2 British Cycling equality policy
SG 1.3 The adoption and application of codes of conduct for cycling clubs
SG 1.4 Reporting a safeguarding concern
SG 1.5 Anti-bullying guidance for cycling clubs
SG 1.6 Advice and support for junior cyclists
SG 1.7 Advice and support for individuals receiving a concern or allegation
SG 1.8 Information for those against whom a complaint has been made
SG 1.9 How to report concerns of abuse of vulnerable adult
SG 1.10 Whistle blowing
SG 1.11 British Cycling case management procedure
SG 1.12 Club welfare officer role outline

SG 2.1 Recruitment of individuals with previous convictions
SG 2.2 Specimen volunteer application form
SG 2.3 Specimen club personal reference request
SG 2.4 Specimen club reference form
SG 2.5 Umbrella DBS checks
SG 2.6 Do you require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check?
SG 2.7 Club rides and criminal record checks
SG 2.8 DBS process 2013 onwards

SG 3.1 Duty of care when supervising children and vulnerable adults
SG 3.2 Guidelines for cycling events
SG 3.3 Cycling event contacts
SG 3.4 Club safeguarding self audit
SG 3.5 Physical contact and vulnerable people in cycling
SG 3.6 Managing challenging behaviour of children and vulnerable adults in cycling
SG 3.7 Protecting riders with disabilities
SG 3.8 Managing risks
SG 3.9 Quick guide to safeguarding
SG 3.10 Event welfare plan
SG 3.12 Riders coming and going

SG 4.1 Planning residential trips
SG 4.2 Parent and carer consent for residential trips
SG 4.3 Personal info for residential trips
SG 4.4 Away event checklist
SG 4.5 Residential trip feedback form

SG 5.1 British Cycling and information sharing
SG 5.2 Using social networking services and social media
SG 5.3 Instant messaging - safeguarding guidelines
SG 5.4 Safeguarding and photography
SG 5.5 Photographer registration document
SG 5.6 Guidance for photographers

British Cycling has a fundamental commitment to safeguard and protect children in cycling. With our partners, we are working to improve polices, procedures, and practices to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience of children and young people in cycling. Allegations of poor practice, drug use, equality issues and possible child abuse should be reported to the Child Protection Lead Officer (CPLO)


Simon Thornton (Compliance Manager)
Tel: 0161 274 2082
Out of hours tel: 0161 274 2002

In case of an emergency situation contact:

Police: 999
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
Childline: 0800 1111

Reporting your concerns

British Cycling takes all allegations relating to safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults very seriously. It is everyone's responsibility to report any concerns they may have.

Reporting your concerns

Club welfare officers

All clubs are encouraged to recruit one or ideally two interested volunteers to take on this challenging but rewarding role. For further information visit club welfare officers.

It is essential that the club welfare officers make themselves known at club coaching sessions, races and events. British Cycling has created a poster allowing clubs to display a photo and basic contact details of the club welfare officer to ensure that all members are aware of who to contact should they need someone to confide in or report safeguarding concerns to.

Download poster

Whistleblowing and sharing of information/concerns

British Cycling acknowledges the need for a 'Whistleblowing policy' in line with the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA). 

British Cycling whistleblowing policy

Trips, visits, and training camps with children and young people

These events are very exciting and important for a young rider's development. The majority of such trips take place without any issues however it is important to prepare for the worst case scenario. After much publicised cases where trips with children have gone wrong there is increased demand for advice to minimise risk.

Trips, visits, and training camps with children and young people

Advice on challenging behaviour and physical contact involving young people in sport

Challenging behaviour and physical contact involving young people and vulnerable adults is often portrayed as a sensitive area. This is not necessarily the case but guidance is required-

Challenging behaviour and physical contact involving young people in sport

Safeguarding for parents

The Department for Culture Media and Sport has published a leaflet to guide parents in choosing sports clubs that demonstrate good Safeguarding practice. To access an electronic version of this document please

Safeguarding for parents

A young person's guide to child protection

You have rights. Cycling should be fun. You should be safe and enjoy your sport. You can't do that if you feel unhappy - if someone is bullying or abusing you. For help contact Childline 0800 1111 - when do you know if something is wrong?

A young person's guide to child protection


Whilst British Cycling, as far as possible, tries to ensure it is compliant and robust in its Safeguarding procedures. We welcome suggestions on how we can improve this. If you have any feedback, please email and entitle your email "Safeguarding Feedback".

Further information

For further information on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults please visit the following websites.

Child protection in sport unit
Disclosure & Barring Service


For information relating to criminal records disclosures in Scotland and Northern Ireland please follow the links below.

Disclosure Scotland
Access NI