Basketball England announce Case Management Group

Basketball England is pleased to announce that it has successfully recruited 5 members to its new Case Management Group (CMG).

The purpose of the CMG is to ensure that all allegations, incidents, or referrals related to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk are dealt with fairly and equitably within appropriate timescales. They will ratify and challenge any actions taken by Basketball England's Lead Safeguarding Officer, advise on outcomes & decisions that need to be made following the investigation of any safeguarding allegations or referrals and ensure that the management of cases by Basketball England are appropriate, within reason and follow correct procedure.

The CMG will also advise on Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) disclosures that are received through GB Group Online Disclosures (GBG).

Basketball England's Safeguarding & Compliance Manager, Ross McGowan, has commented on the group, “I am  excited to announce this group of experienced individuals who are well versed in safeguarding and child protection. Having this group in place will ensure that Basketball England’s duty of care to all individuals and their welfare within the sport is met at all times and in turn, I hope it gives confidence to all of those involved in the sport that any concerns raised will be taken care of in a fair and equitable manner, allowing natural justice to be followed”.

The CMG were appointed after a round of interviews completed in September, whereby a shortlist was drawn up of preferred candidates and approved by Basketball England’s Chief Executive Officer.

Appointed to the group are:

Gary Williams

Gary is currently the safeguarding lead at Manchester Magic & Mystics Basketball Club where he leads on all safeguarding matters, complaints and writing policy for the club on safeguarding, child protection and social media. Through his professional career he has worked in Early Years education and now Further Education where he has been involved in Case Conferences and Child in Need Meetings. Gary has been involved in basketball within the North West Region since 2005.    

Peter Einig

Peter has been working with children of all ages for many years both in the classroom and as a basketball coach. He has vast experience from being a Merseyside Police officer for over 20 years, including work as a Juvenile Liaison Officer. His second career was in education, understanding the need to support vulnerable children and adults both in the classroom and as Health & Safety Officer in a large secondary school. He has been involved in basketball in many roles since the 1960’s to the present day, ranging from a player, coach, referee and Hon. Secretary in the Merseyside area in the 1970’s. He is currently working with Liverpool Basketball Club.

Nik Bedwell

Nik has experience through working within a local authority where he had technical responsibility for “e-safety” at approximately 200 schools in the area. Through this he attended Local Safeguarding Children’s Board meetings, advising on appropriate action to be taken by schools and working with Police. Nik has been well immersed in basketball for over 35 years, being involved as a Level 4 referee, Level 3 Table Official and Level 2 Coach and he is currently the Chair for BasketballSUSSEX, pushing the sport forward in the county.

Robert Kingdon

For the past 3 years, Robert has been working in a safeguarding role for Teignbridge District Council and for the South Devon and Dartmoor Community Safety Partnership. Prior to that role he worked for 30 years with the Devon and Cornwall Police with a focus on conducting and managing investigations of serious offences committed against children and adults at risk, implementing bespoke safeguarding, protection and welfare strategies. Throughout his career he has been a part of Child Death Reviews, Domestic Homicide Reviews and Serious Case Reviews. In his spare time, he is a referee, Competitions Secretary for the Exeter and District League and is also an Executive Member of the Exeter and District Basketball Association, with responsibility for safeguarding and the club welfare officers across 25 regional teams.

Anthony Shaw

Anthony has been employed as a Metropolitan Police Officer for 16 years with his last 7 years working within the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command. He has vast experience of working with partner agencies together with extensive knowledge of safeguarding and child protection issues and through this has been responsible for several protracted and complex investigations involving vulnerable children and adults. In additional to this, Anthony is the Community Director for the Essex Leopards where he takes the lead to ensure the club meets its statutory obligations when employing coaching staff

The CMG will be supported by Basketball England’s Customer Service Executive, Emma Connolly, and will meet for the first time on Monday 15th October at Basketball England’s Head Offices in Manchester.

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