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. To help you understand the primary responsibilities of the Club Welfare Officer we have produced a Role Description. 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.
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.
British Cycling Safeguarding Strategy 2019 – 2021
British Cycling Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy
British Cycling Safeguarding Adults Policy
British Cycling Safeguarding Regulations
The adoption and application of codes of conduct for cycling clubs
Anti-bullying guidance for cycling clubs
Advice and support for junior cyclists
British Cycling and information sharing
Using social networking services and social media
Instant messaging - safeguarding guidelines
Safeguarding and photography
Photographer registration document
Guidance for photographers