Cycling should be a safe and positive experience for everybody. All those involved in the sport have a part to play in safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk. To assist with this, British Cycling will offer support and guidance, reflective of good practice, to all our members.
Separate information, policies, contacts and advice on wellbeing and protection for people in Scotland can be found here:
The following sections apply to people in England and Wales:
Victoria Brown (Lead Safeguarding Officer)
Tel: 0161 274 2076
In case of an emergency situation contact:
Your Local Social Care Emergency Duty Team
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
Childline: 0800 1111
Reporting your concerns
One of the most important way to protect and safeguard children and adults at risk is to report any concerns.
If there is no immediate risk but you have concerns about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, or you have concerns about the behaviour or practice of a coach, or anyone else involved in the sport, then talk to our Integrity and Compliance Department on 0161 274 2000 or email email@example.com.
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.
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).
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.
Advice on challenging behaviour and physical contact involving young people in sport
Challenging behaviour and physical contact involving young people is often portrayed as a sensitive area. This is not necessarily the case but guidance is required -
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
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?
Parent in Sport poster
Download a Parent in Sport poster to display at your event, session or activity to promote positive parental involvement in cycling.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and entitle your email "Safeguarding Feedback".
For further information on safeguarding children and adults at risk please visit the following websites.
For information relating to criminal records disclosures in Scotland and Northern Ireland please follow the links below.
The safeguarding policies and supporting documents are detailed below.
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 2018 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 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