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.

Recognising a problem
If something is going on which is making you or anyone you know feel uncomfortable and afraid for their safety then it is important you recognise this and take action. 

If you are unsure if what is going on is a problem, speak with your Club Welfare Officer or contact us for a discussion regarding the matter and the next steps. The NSPCC also have a hotline which is 24/7 if your concern is urgent

Reporting a concern
If you are a young person under the age of 18 and wish to speak with someone you can report your concerns with our dedicated safeguarding team here at Basketball England. We also have a dedicated safeguarding FAQs page which provide more information around the concerns process. 

If you are afraid for your safety and wish to speak with someone immediately, contact the NSPCC who will be able to help you any hour of the day. 

For more information and the different organisations which can help you, go to our dedicated child safety section.

Reporting a historical allegation

If you have a concern about historical allegations, please contact Melissa Hague here. Melissa is our Lead Safeguarding Officer and will be happy to assist you. 

If you are a coach, parent, teacher or other adult who has recognised a potential problem, you can contact our safeguarding team here.

There is a dedicated page for parents which cover some of the main issues when considering a child’s safety in sport.

To help ensure that young people are properly protected, Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) have been put in place as another organisation to raise a concern with.  Membership includes local authorities, health bodies and the police. If you’re interested in getting a qualification in child protection, your LSCB is a good place to start and all clubs should have these contacts to hand.