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Keeping your child safe, a guide for Parents.

When your child is taking part in Gymnastics, we want you to be confident that they are able to have fun in a safe environment. We have developed some useful information to help you understand what is already in place and who can help.

Your child:

It is important that your child has fun and is happy whilst they are taking part in Gymnastics. Parents and Clubs together should create an environment where your child knows:

  • Not to worry about progression or failure

  • Not to try and please others rather than enjoying the sport.

  • What is acceptable coaching practice.

  • What is not acceptable coaching practice or abuse.

  • They can tell and talk to someone if they have a concern.

  • Who to talk to within the Club.

Parents are extremely influential in a child's enjoyment and development in Gymnastics. Your support is vital and if you positively support your child, you can help them to:

  • Reach their potential

  • Enjoy the sport 

  • Be motivated


Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and if you are concerned then you should report and discuss it. If you do not believe there is immediate concern you can raise it via the following means:

  • Your child's coach directly

  • Our Welfare Officer (Kieran Mulligan)

  • A member of the British Gymnastics Safeguarding team

  • The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

If you think there is an immediate concern and is in danger of abuse or risk of harm you should dial 999.


Hammersmith & Fulham School of Gymnastics Club Welfare Officer is Kieran Mulligan. If you have any concerns, you can email Kieran at (Kieran is the only person that has access to this inbox.)

The British Gymnastics Safeguarding Team, The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and NSPCC

Safeguarding & Child Protection

Gymnast & Parents

Equality & Diversity

Safe Environment

Health & Safety

Have Fun, Be Safe

Standards of Conduct

Club Welfare
British Gymnastics Policies
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