Basketball England once again receive top marks from CPSU review

Basketball England is delighted to announce that we have once again received the highest possible rating during our recent Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) review.

We have been awarded a “Green” rating for the 5th year running, meaning we have shown an excellent standard with regards to safeguarding, training, case management, implementation, welfare and more. The CPSU review is part of a larger safeguarding framework which helps to ensure that safeguarding standards are maintained, and good practice is embedded at all levels.

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is a partnership between the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland and Sport Wales.

The Unit was founded in 2001 to work with UK Sports Councils, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) and other organisations to help them minimise the risk of child abuse during sporting activities. They play the lead role in helping sports organisations to develop and implement their responses, policies and procedures, systems, and structures for safeguarding.

Basketball England’s Safeguarding and Compliance Manager Ross McGowan said, “I’m extremely pleased that we have receive a green rating from the CPSU. It is great that our hard work has been recognised by an organisation who are in place help sports achieve the highest standards in safeguarding and child protection. This outcome not only highlights the commitment Basketball England makes in this area, but also the commitment that each club, coach, parent and volunteer makes towards ensuring that every child and young person is safe within the sport.”

The CPSU highlighted a number of areas of work as examples of good practice which should be shared with other organisations. These included the launch of our new website to support the amount and clarity of safeguarding information available for parents, members and clubs, new additions to our membership portal to include sign up to the Basketball England Code of Ethics and Conduct during registration, the introduction of an online safeguarding blog each month and a data review across the organisation in line with GDPR legislation.

The conclusion of the CPSU meeting allowed both parties to consider and agree actions planned for the coming year, and for CPSU to report back to Sport England as part of their quality assurance processes. Further embedding safeguarding practice throughout the regions, talent system and a local club level, plus further training and development for Club Welfare Officers (CWOs) will both be a focus for the next 12 months.