BMC Safeguarding quick guide

Posted by Nick Colton on 29/08/2023
A BMC youth event. Photo: Nick Pope

A quick guide to Safeguarding within the BMC

BMC Safeguarding Statement
The Safeguarding Statement outlines the role, responsibility and commitment of the BMC to safeguarding everyone and must be used in conjunction with the safeguarding policies below. See the statement here

Child Safeguarding Policy
The BMC has a Child Safeguarding Policy that is reviewed and updated on a regular basis.  Please click here to download a copy of the policy. Read why Safeguarding Matters

GB Climbing Welfare Support Plan
A welfare support plan to promote a psychologically safe environment for athletes whilst developing a high performance culture. See here

Athletes are people first. Boundaries and consent video from IOC

Adult Safeguarding Policy

The BMC also has an Adult Safeguarding Policy that is reviewed and updated on a regular basis.  Please click here to download a copy of the policy.

Reporting a Concern - procedures & flowcharts
If you wish to report something that concerns you please contact safeguarding@thebmc.co.uk  You may find this reporting form useful. For further guidance relating to reporting a child safeguarding concern click here; for adult safeguarding click here
Flowchart for children click here, flowchart for adults click here, flowchart for child concerns outside a BMC setting click here

Code of Conduct
The Codes have been created with the aim of proactively assisting and guiding members and other participants towards the desired conduct. As a result, we hope that the sanctions for violating the Codes of Conduct, detailed at the end of this document, will not be necessary. See here

Whistleblowing Policy
The BMC has a Whistleblowing Policy that can be downloaded by clicking here

Training
The BMC will be offering Safeguarding Training in the coming months both face to face and online (tutor led) - please contact the Safeguarding Team for further information. More details will be added to this page when dates are confirmed.

Minimum operating standards for coaches/instructors working with children in a supervisory capacity are as follows:

  • A DBS that is accepted by the BMC , i.e. through the BMC DBS system and is less than 3 years old or on the update service
  • Up to date safeguarding training - recognised by the BMC, and less than 3 years old

Clubs
The BMC's Child Safeguarding advice and guidance for affiliated clubs is currently under review and will uploaded once this is completed.

DBS checking info

The BMC is able to process DBS checks for BMC volunteers, individual BMC members who need them for their work and are unable to obtain them elsewhere.
The BMC can also arrange for clubs to have access to the DBS system.

The charge for the DBS is:

  • £65 if you need the BMC to check your documents (for this we need to see the original documents, you can bring them to the BMC Office).
  • £55 if you would like the Post Office to check your documents (£12 for document checking. Fee payable to the Post Office at the time of the check).
  • £10 for BMC volunteers

For further information regarding the DBS process please contact the BMC Safeguarding Team email safeguarding@thebmc.co.uk

Guidance for Young People

Advice and guidance for young people can be found by clicking here

Boundaries, consent and retaining control from IOC

Powerful words from young people in this video from USA

Help and advice for young people being bullied from National Bullying Helpline

Guidance for Parents
A free to download BMC booklet contains essential information, as well as a list of important questions to ask when your child starts climbing, hillwaking or mountaineering. Click here

The Child Protection in Sport unit of the NSPCC has produced  a free safeguarding e-learning course to help parents understand their role in keeping children safe in sport and to let them know who to turn to if they have any worries. Click here to access the course. Their Parents' Hub also has a wealth of useful information.

Disordered Eating Toolkit: how to spot the signs of an eating disorder and how to support your child hereAdditional recourses on body image, weight-management and disordered eating in sport are also available on the CPSU website here

Help and advice for parents dealing with school bullying from National Bullying Helpline  

Tips and suggestions on recognising the signs of stress and listening to children from the Children's Society.  Click here
 

Who to contact
Helen Murphy is the BMC's Safeguarding Manager.  If you need any advice, guidance or support email helen.murphy@thebmc.co.uk or call 0161 438 3305

Childline

An entirely confidential helpline
Phone 0800 1111   Web www.childline.org.uk

NSPCC:
Phone 0808 800 500  Email help@nspcc.org.uk

Child Protection in Sport Unit 
Phone 0116 366 5590 Web www.thecpsu.org.uk  Email cpsu@nspcc.org.uk



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