Safeguarding

Safeguarding at the BMC

Our mission is to safeguard the future of hill walking, climbing, and mountaineering, allowing individuals to experience adventure today and for generations to follow. The BMC actively supports clubs, community groups, and climbing walls to foster grassroots involvement, provide opportunities for participation, disseminate essential knowledge, and ensure that our sport is inclusive, safe, and welcoming.

Reporting a Concern

If you wish to report something that concerns you please contact: safeguarding@thebmc.co.uk or use our Online Safeguarding reporting form

Online Safeguarding Reporting Form

REPORT AN INCIDENT

BMC Safeguarding Statement

The Safeguarding Statement outlines the role, responsibility and commitment of the BMC to safeguarding everyone and must be used in conjunction with the safeguarding policies.

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Who to contact

BMC Safeguarding Team

Email: safeguarding@thebmc.co.uk

Phone number: 0161 4383305

BMC Safeguarding Manager

If you need any advice, guidance or support email: helen.murphy@thebmc.co.uk or call 0161 438 3305

Childline
An entirely confidential helpline
Phone 0800 1111   Web www.childline.org.uk

NSPCC:
Phone 0808 800 500  Email help@nspcc.org.uk

Child Protection in Sport Unit 
Phone 0116 366 5590 Web www.thecpsu.org.uk  Email cpsu@nspcc.org.uk

Our safeguarding policies and useful information

The Code of Conduct have been created with the aim of proactively assisting and guiding members and other participants towards the desired conduct. As a result, we hope that the sanctions for violating the Codes of Conduct, detailed at the end of the document, will not be necessary.

DOWNLOAD: BMC Codes of Conduct

The BMC is able to process DBS checks for BMC volunteers, individual BMC members who need them for their work and are unable to obtain them elsewhere.
The BMC can also arrange for clubs to have access to the DBS system.

The charge for the DBS is:

  • £65 if you need the BMC to check your documents (for this we need to see the original documents, you can bring them to the BMC Office).
  • £55 if you would like the Post Office to check your documents (£12 for document checking. Fee payable to the Post Office at the time of the check).
  • £10 for BMC volunteers

For further information regarding the DBS process please contact the BMC Safeguarding Team: safeguarding@thebmc.co.uk

For Young People

READ: Safeguarding advice and guidance for young people

WATCH: Boundaries, consent and retaining control from IOC

WATCH: Powerful words from young people in this video from USA

GET: Help and advice for young people being bullied from National Bullying Helpline

For Parents
The Child Protection in Sport unit of the NSPCC has produced  a free safeguarding e-learning course to help parents understand their role in keeping children safe in sport and to let them know who to turn to if they have any worries. Click here to access the course. Their Parents' Hub also has a wealth of useful information.

GET: Help and advice for parents dealing with school bullying from National Bullying Helpline

TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS: Recognising the signs of stress and listening to children from the Children's Society.

The BMC will be offering Safeguarding Training in the coming months both face to face and online (tutor led) - please contact the Safeguarding Team for further information. More details will be added to this page when dates are confirmed.

Minimum operating standards for coaches/instructors working with children in a supervisory capacity are as follows:

  • A DBS that is accepted by the BMC , i.e. through the BMC DBS system and is less than 3 years old or on the update service
  • Up to date safeguarding training - recognised by the BMC, and less than 3 years old