Sport Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson calls for improvements in GB athletes' welfare

20:20  21 april  2017
20:20  21 april  2017 Source:   Press Association

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Recommendations aimed at improving athletes ' welfare are published as part of a major independent report into British sport. They are the result of a year-long duty of care review, commissioned by the UK government and led by 11-time Paralympic gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey - Thompson .

Recommendations aimed at improving athletes ' welfare are published as part of a major independent report into British sport. They are the result of a year-long duty of care review, commissioned by the UK government and led by 11-time Paralympic gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey - Thompson .

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson's Duty of Care in Sport report was published on Friday: Sports Personality of the Year 2016 - Arrivals © PA WIRE Sports Personality of the Year 2016 - Arrivals

A major independent report into athlete welfare in British sport featuring a series of recommendations for improving standards has been published.

The report, entitled 'Duty of Care in Sport', is the result of a review conducted by Paralympic great Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson for the Government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

The past year has seen allegations of bullying made against coaches in British Cycling and British Swimming hit the headlines, as well as an abuse scandal in football.

Published on Friday, Baroness Grey-Thompson's report lists seven 'priority recommendations'.

7 welfare recommendations

  7 welfare recommendations A major independent report into athlete welfare in British sport was published on Friday. The 'Duty of Care in Sport' report - the result of a review conducted by Paralympic great Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson for the Government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport – features various recommendations for improving standards.There are seven 'priority recommendations' listed:1. A Sports OmbudsmanThe Government should create a Sports Ombudsman with powers to hold national governing bodies (NGBs) to account for the duty of care they provide to all athletes, coaching staff and support staff.2.

Grey - Thompson was speaking at a debate organised by the BBC as part of its State of Sport coverage. British Olympic and Paralympic sport must improve its athletes ' welfare , says Baroness Tanni Grey - Thompson .

Baroness Tanni Grey - Thompson was asked to look into the topic of athlete welfare at the end of 2015 (Source: Getty). Oliver Gill. A government-sanctioned report into athlete welfare has called for sweeping structural changes to be made to British sport, including creating board-level welfare

It says the Government should create a Sports Ombudsman, measure duty of care via an independent benchmark survey, establish a duty of care charter, and independently fund the British Athletes Commission (BAC).

The other priority recommendations are that all national governing body boards should have a named member responsible for duty of care, that an induction process should be carried out for all people entering elite levels of sport, and that there should be independent exit interviews conducted as people leave formal programmes.

There is then a more detailed list of recommendations under seven different themes, which include 'equality, diversity and inclusion', 'safeguarding', 'mental welfare' and 'safety, injury and medical issues'.

7 welfare recommendations

  7 welfare recommendations A major independent report into athlete welfare in British sport was published on Friday. The 'Duty of Care in Sport' report - the result of a review conducted by Paralympic great Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson for the Government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport – features various recommendations for improving standards.There are seven 'priority recommendations' listed:1. A Sports OmbudsmanThe Government should create a Sports Ombudsman with powers to hold national governing bodies (NGBs) to account for the duty of care they provide to all athletes, coaching staff and support staff.2.

Lady Grey - Thompson said there was no sign the new welfare system was easier to use or that George Osborne ducks TV debate with disabled campaigner Baroness Tanni Grey - Thompson . Dame Tanni Grey - Thompson among disabled athletes stuck on Dubai airport runway in wheelchair

Tanni Grey - Thompson warns that Paralympic legacy is threatened by cuts. Former athlete , who won 11 gold medals, says welfare reforms are Disability campaigner Nicola Clark talks to Baroness Grey - Thompson , Britain's most decorated paralympian, about growing up with spina bifida and her

Under 'safeguarding', it is recommended that the Government considers introducing a 'Duty to Report' in all sports organisations - mandatory reporting of any abuse or suspected abuse.

In her introduction, Baroness Grey-Thompson said: "Recent media reports and anecdotal evidence from across a range of sports has led to questions about whether welfare and safety really are being given the priority they deserve.

"At a time of success for British sport in terms of medals, championships and profile, this raises challenging questions about whether the current balance between welfare and winning is right and what we are prepared to accept as a nation.

"It feels timely for the sport sector to consider duty of care in its fullest sense. The sector is arguably under more scrutiny than ever before, with allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse in football, and accusations of a culture of bullying in some sports.

"Questions are being asked about the price being paid for success. It is clear that the drive for success and desire to win should not be at the cost of the individuals involved.

"Allegations about the past need to be thoroughly investigated, but the focus must also remain on those in the current system to ensure they are protected and free from harm, bullying, harassment and discrimination."

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