Introduction to Safeguarding

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Sport can and does have a powerful and positive influence on its participants, especially young people. Not only can it provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement, it can also develop valuable qualities such as self-esteem, leadership and teamwork. These positive effects only occur if sport is in the right hands – in the hands of those who place the welfare of all participants first and adopt practices that support, protect and empower them.

The reality, however, is that abuse does sometimes take place in sport and in some cases coaches and other trusted adults have been convicted of criminal offences and/or disciplined by the National Governing Body (NGB) of their sport.

The British Baseball Federation (BBF), the British Softball Federation (BSF) and BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) are committed to working together and in partnership with all relevant agencies to ensure that we fulfil our legal and moral obligations to safeguard and promote the welfare of all participants, and specifically young people and vulnerable adults.


Joint Safeguarding Policy

The Joint Safeguarding Policy is mandatory for all BBF, BSF and BSUK officials, staff and members, and for members of all affiliated organisations when engaged in baseball and softball activities with young people.  You are expected to adopt, implement and actively promote all aspects of the Joint Safeguarding Policy.  The documents that make up the Joint Safeguarding Policy include:

  • Joint Safeguarding Policy
  • Joint Code of Conduct
  • BSUK Equality and Diversity Policy
  • Joint Safeguarding Complaints Procedure for Baseball and Softball
  • BSUK Photographic Policy (National Teams Photographic Policy)
  • BSUK Anti-Bullying Policy

You read or download any of the above on the Policies page.

The Joint Safeguarding Procedures on this website have been produced to offer guidance to everyone involved with baseball and softball (employed staff, volunteers, administrators, coaches, officials, parents and players) to help them implement safeguarding best practice with regard to areas such as recruitment of staff and volunteers, anti-bullying, use of social media and planning events and competitions.


Reporting concerns

Our Reporting Concerns Flowchart shows what to do if you think abuse is taking place. If you want to report a concern, please use our online form.

For more information or clarification on safeguarding issues please contact BaseballSoftballUK on 020 7453 7055 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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