Safeguarding Policy

British Championships acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of everyone involved in the derby community, and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and all legal requirements.

The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of everyone are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of  age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, everyone;

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of  roller derby in a safe and welcoming environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in roller derby or outside of the activity.

British Championships acknowledges that some people can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.  

As part of our safeguarding policy British Championships will;

  • promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of all participants
  • ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns
  • ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern
  • ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
  • prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals
  • ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.

The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in British Championships. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation and it’s events.


The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances:

  • changes in legislation and/or government guidance
  • as required by any regulatory body if appropriate
  • as a result of any other significant change or event

Contact and Support

If you wish to raise a concern, query, or issue to British Championships directly, please email us at in confidence.

We urge you to save these numbers to your phone. We cannot know when we will be faced with a choice to intervene; please be prepared to act.

The Samaritans: 116 123 or 0845 790 9090
Counselling Directory: 0844 8030 240
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
The Rape Crisis Centre: 0161 273 4500
National Victims support help line: 0808168 9111
The Rape and Sexual Abuse (RASAC) Support Centre: 0808 802 9999

If you are under 18 and feel unsafe, or simply want advice, please contact the NSPCC’s Childline on 0800 1111