The safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults in the academy is a primary concern for Aspire Gymnastics Academy. If any of our members or parents/guardians have any welfare concerns, they should contact one of our welfare officers. Welfare officers will liaise with the coaching director to investigate any welfare concerns and work to implement any resolutions. In order to effectively investigate and resolve welfare issues, parents/guardians are expected to maintain confidentiality around any welfare investigations.

The Academy Welfare Officer is: Rebecca Frost – r.frost@aspiregym.co.uk

Child Protection Policy

We are committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of its members, coaches, volunteers and parents. We will do this by:

  • Abiding by British Gymnastics health, safety and welfare guidelines
  • Abiding by British Gymnastics guidelines for the protection of children and vulnerable adults
  • Appointing a welfare officer to whom grievances and complaints can be made confidentially
  • Ensuring the staff are suitably trained in Child Protection and Health and Safety and welfare issues and go through a Criminal Record Bureau check
  • Ensuring that grievances of complaints are dealt with promptly and in accordance with the grievance procedure
  • Ensuring that a minimum of two responsible adults are available at all training sessions and events
  • Ensuring that participants and/or parents are aware of the purpose of videoing, filming or photography during training or events
  • Having a zero tolerance level for poor practice, bullying or any form of abuse
  • For more information please visit: https://www.british-gymnastics.org/gymnasts/gymnast-membership/safeguarding

Duty of Care

A coach takes on certain responsibilities while your child is in our care. This may include:

  • Holding a responsibility for care and well-being during training
  • Safe dispersal after training
  • Providing first air
  • Providing/consenting to emergency medical treatment
  • Chaperoning

Our Duty of Care starts from the time your child is delivered to the coach and lasts until your child is returned to a parent or other responsible adult appointed by yourself. Under no circumstances should children be dropped off/picked up for sessions in the car park. Please note that parents are responsible for the safety of any children not taking part in gymnastics.

With the safety of the gymnast in mind we have put in place a policy whereby parents/guardians are not permitted to remain inside the gymnasium whilst independent sessions are in progress. This ensures that in the case of an emergency there is free access both to and from the gymnasium and emergency procedures can be adhered to, by direction of the coaching staff. We do offer a parent open viewing week at the end of each term so you can come and watch your child in their class.

Complaint procedure

If you have specific concerns with regards to the activities of the academy, in the first instance you should speak with your child’s coach either before or after a training session. Please do not attempt to engage the coaching staff during training sessions. In some cases it may not be possible to catch a coach before or after the session as they may have another session to coach. In this case please go to reception and complete a meeting request form.