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Contacts and Reporting

 

Bowls England Safeguarding Team

01929 500490 | safeguarding@bowlsengland.com

 

All safeguarding concerns must be reported to Bowls England’s Safeguarding Team for advice. These include historic allegations and concerns relating to the current welfare/safeguarding of either adults or children in bowls, whether the issue is inside or outside of the sport.

 

Bowls England’s Lead Safeguarding Officer will then advise if the concern should be dealt with through our disciplinary procedures (Regulation 9) or whether it will be dealt with under our safeguarding procedures when we work in collaboration with the Case Management Group to provide collective advice, recommendations and decision making.

 

When reporting a concern you should record:

  • The names and details of people involved
  • Any additional relevant information known about the people involved
  • Details of the concern and who raised it
  • Views and wishes of the affected party
  • Any information known about potential risk to others
  • Details of anyone else consulted or discussed with
  • Details of any actions already taken

 

Alternatively if your enquiry is:

 

Safeguarding Leads in Bowls

Bowls England: Currently under recruitment | Please call 01929 500490 | safeguarding@bowlsengland.com

EIBA Ltd: Joanne Shore | 01664 481900 | joanneshore@eiba.co.uk

ESMBA: Lynn Dean | 01258 817432 | lynn@esmba.co.uk

EBF: Jeanette Murphy | 01482 843639 | jeanette@murphys.karoo.co.uk

BCGBA: Paul Ashmore | 07702 347360 | paulashmore2011@hotmail.co.uk

BDA: Duncan Webster | 07340 170052 | duncanwebster@bowlsdevelopmentalliance.com

 

Lead Safeguarding Officer’s roles and responsibilities 

  • Lead Bowls England’s approach to Safeguarding
  • Provide advice and support
  • Lead on Bowls England’s Safeguarding plans, policies, procedures and resources
  • Central point of contact for all Bowls England affiliated clubs
  • Co-ordinate and manage all concerns
  • Manage any referrals to external agencies
  • Represent Bowls England at Safeguarding Stakeholder meetings and case management

 

Case Management:

The Case Management Group, manage all the safeguarding concerns within the sport.

The Case Management Group is made up of Bowls England, British Crown Green Bowling Association, English Bowling Federation, English Carpet Bowls Association, English Indoor Bowling Association, English Short Mat Bowling Association and independent experts. It is facilitated by the Bowls Development Alliance and meets monthly.

What this means:

  • A concern is raised and reported to a National Governing Body Lead Safeguarding Officer, who will investigate as appropriate.
  • The Lead Safeguarding Officer takes the concern and associated information to the next monthly meeting of the Case Management Group (urgent meetings can be called if needed).
  • The Case Management Group makes a collective decision on the concern, which will be applied to all codes of bowls. This may include bans, temporary suspensions, referral to outside statutory agencies, mediation, risk assessed continuation in the sport, education/training and also that there is no case to answer.
  • The CMG is part of a Sport England funded support project and can engage neutral investigators if more information is needed regarding a concern
  • The Case Management Group works on Safeguarding thresholds, which are different to Criminal thresholds, and acts on the basis of the ‘Balance of Probabilities’, to safeguard children and adults at risk of abuse.

 

External Contacts

Active Partnership | www.activepartnerships.org/active-partnerships

Ann Craft Trust | www.anncrafttrust.org

Childline | www.childline.org.uk

Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) | www.thecpsu.org.uk

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