British Rowing is committed to ongoing development and provision of policies, best practice guidance and central support towards Safeguarding and Protecting Children and also Adults at Risk


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Key Contacts

British Rowing Lead Safeguarding Officer: lso@britishrowing.org

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

Childline: 0800 1111

Safeguarding Strategy

In pursuit of our commitment to promoting a safe and enjoyable environment in rowing, British Rowing’s Safeguarding Strategy sets out our vision to be among the leading National Governing Bodies of sport by 2025, showcasing the highest standards in safeguarding. We will ensure that our duty of care to children, young adults and adults at risk is firmly embedded at the heart of rowing.

Our areas of focus include; Defining safeguarding, early intervention, guiding best practice, robust case management, and commitment to ongoing monitoring and review.

Download the Safeguarding Strategy 2020 for more information.

Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy

British Rowing is committed to:

  • Making the welfare of young people paramount – this means that the protection of children at risk may override the rights and needs of those adults working with them.
  • Enabling everyone, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity to participate in rowing in a fun and safe environment.
  • Taking all reasonable steps to protect young people from harm, discrimination and degrading treatment and to respect their rights, wishes and feelings.
  • Taking seriously all suspicions and allegations of poor practice or abuse and responding swiftly and appropriately to them in accordance with current procedures.
  • Ensuring that all British Rowing employees who work with young people are suitable for that responsibility and provided with relevant training.
  • Requiring all its Member clubs, Competitions and Regional Councils to accept responsibility for the welfare of the children in their care in accordance with British Rowing’s policies and procedures, and to incorporate these in their constitutions and rules.

Download the British Rowing Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy here

Safeguarding and Protecting Adults at Risk Policy

British Rowing has realised the need for an individual policy for Adults at Risk, in line with the considerations of the Disability Discrimination Act, in order to promote equal opportunities and provide a clearer framework for those who suffer from physical, mental health and learning disabilities.

Ideally, good practice suggests a partnership model of working involving the British Rowing coach, teacher or club officer, the Adult at Risk and their carer. In these circumstances, it is important that the adult is at the centre of the decision-making process.

Download the British Rowing Safeguarding and Protecting Adults at Risk Policy

Guiding Principles

  • Everyone who participates in rowing is entitled to do so in a safe and enjoyable environment.
  • All British Rowing clubs, competitions and associated individuals must follow the policies defined in our policy documents.
  • British Rowing is committed to helping everyone in rowing accept their responsibility to safeguard children and vulnerable adults from harm and abuse.
  • There are procedures in place that show the steps to be followed to ensure that children and vulnerable adults are protected, that concerns are reported, listened to and acted on appropriately.

In addition to British Rowing’s own Safeguarding & Protecting Children Policy and Welfare Guidance Documents, the Child Protection in Sport Unit’s Resource Library has a number of videos, publications, online tool kits and examples of best practice to help sports clubs safeguard their junior members and vulnerable adults.

Safeguarding cases can be historic as well as recent. For more information and resources regarding non-recent abuse cases visit the NSPCC website.

Welfare Guidance Documents


British Rowing is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our members so
that they can participate in rowing in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.

Bullying of any kind is unacceptable in rowing.

If bullying does occur, all members should be able to tell someone and know that incidents will
be dealt with promptly and effectively. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is
happening is expected to tell the welfare officer as soon as they have concerns.

The Anti-Bullying Policy can be found in Section 1 of the Welfare Guidance Documents page.

Welfare Guidance Documents

Club Welfare Officers

For details of the role and how to register as a club welfare officer (CWO) for your club please see refer to WG 2.13 and 2.14 in our Guidance Documents below:

Welfare Guidance Documents

DBS/CRC Checks

The process of applying for a DBS Check through British Rowing in connection with a Regulated Activity role at an affiliated club is now online and is administered by GBG Online Disclosures, British Rowing’s online providers.

In the first instance, any enquiries about applying for a DBS check should be directed to your Club Welfare Officer.  Any CWO who needs to be set up with GBG or needs help with the process should contact: governance@britishrowing.org

Mental Health Resources

It is really important to ensure we are taking the best care of our own Mental Health and that of others. In order to help with this, British Rowing signposts all members to ‘Believe Perform’, who are in partnership with Mind UK. You can find further information by following the button below.

Mental Health Webpage

Resources for Young People

We have a safeguarding leaflet for junior rowers available on our Welfare Guidance Page.

  • If you feel that you want to access further support, then please call Childline on 0800 1111 or NSPCC on 0800 800 5000.
  • If you would like support regarding bullying, you can call BullyingUK’s helpline on 0800 800 2222, or visit their website.
  • If you would like support regarding your mental health, you can visit YoungMinds.
  • If you would like to learn more about how to keep yourself safe online, you can visit InternetMatters.
  • If you would like support or guidance about sexuality, you can visit Stonewall.

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Safeguarding FAQs

If you have any safeguarding questions, please refer to our FAQs.

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Welfare Guidance Documents

The following guidance documents and procedures are referred to in British Rowing's Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Adults at Risk Policies and provide more detailed information.

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Clean Sport

British Rowing strongly believes in clean sport and works in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and our international federation, World Rowing, to ensure the integrity of British Rowing is protected.

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Club Support

Clubs are at the foundation of the rowing community and are at the heart of their communities in towns and cities across the UK. British Rowing is here to help affiliated clubs to thrive

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Do you have a concern?

If you have a concern you'd like to share with our team - you can do this online via the form below:

Report a concern

CPSU Resource Library

Check out the Child Protection in Sport's videos, publications, online tool kits and examples of best practice.

Resource Library