Basketball England is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children in  basketball. We have worked closely with the Child Protection In Sport Unit (CPSU) and NSPCC to develop robust policy and procedures to safeguard children, achieving the NSPCC & CPSU's National Advanced Standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport. We work closely with all our clubs and statutory agencies to ensure that safeguarding children is prioritised. Any allegation, suspicion of harm or concern is taken seriously and responded to swiftly, fairly and appropriately.

Basketball England’s Safeguarding Policy & Regulations set out the key principles as well as providing best practice guidance. Basketball England also has guidance for our clubs, parents, players, staff and Welfare Officers. It is recommended that all documents be reviewed regularly and updated by clubs and associations as a matter of good practice and in light of recent safeguarding issues raised in the media. These can be downloaded here.

Additional guidance and advice can be found below along with information on how to report a concern.

Raising Concerns

Making sure everyone who experiences basketball in a fun and safe environment is really important to us, so we want to make sure everyone who has any concerns or worries about someone’s safety can easily get in touch with us to raise a concern and speak with the most relevant people to sort it out.

Advice for children

This section is to help you understand where you can go for more information on how to be safe when playing basketball and what to do if you are worried or have any questions about anything which might be making you feel uncomfortable.

Welfare Officers

If you’re a club who has young people under the age of 18, it’s your responsibility to make sure those people are in a safe and welcoming environment. Appointing a club welfare officer is a really good way of doing this as it means there is a dedicated individual who the young people, coaches and parents can go to.

DBS checks

Keeping everyone in basketball safe is really important to us, so this section aims to outline who requires a DBS check and the process behind this.

Youth Forum

Our Youth Forum is made up of young people from around the country who can share ideas, give great feedback and consult on a wide range of issues affecting young people in basketball. They represent all aspects of basketball, from fan to player.

Guidance and Templates

Click here to access our extensive library of guidance information and template documents relating to safeguarding and welfare.

Concussion Guidelines for Basketball in Great Britain 2016

Great Britain Basketball and Basketball England (BE), Basketball Wales (BW), Basketball Scotland (BS) are pleased to issue the new Concussion Guidelines for Basketball in Great Britain 2016.

This vital document should be carefully reviewed by everyone involved in basketball and used as a reference point at all times