Welsh Cycling is pleased to announce that it has achieved Level 3 of the National Safeguarding Standards, for safeguarding and protecting children in and through sport in Wales, securing a safe and fun environment for young participants.
Anne Adams-King, chief executive officer said: “Welsh Cycling wants to ensure that children in Wales are able to take part in cycling activities in high quality settings. Alistair, our staff and the wider cycling community have put the systems in place to provide fun and safe environments for all young people to enjoy our sport.
Protecting the future generations of Welsh cyclists is of utmost importance to us, and to achieve the Level 3 National Safeguarding Standard demonstrates we are on the right track.”
To achieve the standard, Welsh Cycling provided an evidence folder and presented to a Sport Wales board with representation from the Child Protection in Sport Unit and the Youth Sport Trust Young Ambassador Programme.
The framework for safeguarding standards consists of five areas that sports can demonstrate that they undertake throughout their organisation. Level 3 and beyond looks to embed these action areas from grass roots to the high performance environment. The five action areas are:
- Education and Training
- Implementing and Monitoring
Safeguarding in sport is everyone’s responsibility, and over the last few years Lead Safeguarding Officer Alistair Waldron has led the organisation in improving it’s safeguarding practices, with significant contributions from all Welsh Cycling staff and volunteers in clubs.
Welsh Cycling will continue to further embed Safeguarding into the sport, and protect the next generation of cyclists. In autumn 2017, Time to Listen Training will be provided, training that is specific to Welfare Officers within clubs and will help take them to the next level.
If you want to find out more about Welsh Cycling’s Safeguarding policies and procedures please contact Alistair Waldron, or click here.