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Following a consultation of our membership, Badminton England are announcing an investment and strengthening of our safeguarding standards across the sport to reaffirm our commitment to keeping young people and adults at risk safe.

Ensuring the wellbeing of young people and adults at risk, who are fundamental members of the Badminton community, is our priority and central to this enhancement of safeguarding standards is the introduction of a requirement for all coaches to complete safeguarding training, alongside the completion of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check within the last three years, in order to take out a coaching membership with Badminton England.

This will be introduced from December and supported by the introduction of a new Introduction to Safeguarding e-learning module.

For the next 12 months, this e-learning module will be offered to all coaching members free of charge, with Badminton England committed to covering the cost (£15 per person).

This will ensure all coaching members of Badminton England will have the knowledge of how to recognise the signs of abuse and what to do when a disclosure is made to them by a young person or adult at risk.

This change to coaching membership is just one of a series of safeguarding developments, with the following also being introduced:

  • The ability for all members and officials within the sport to access the Introduction to Safeguarding e-Learning Module for £15
  • New disciplinary regulations we can use to manage all disciplinary issues in a fair and transparent manner – click here for more information
  • A refresh and relaunch of our Code of Ethics and Behaviour for anyone involved in the game – click here for more information
  • Increased support for welfare officers via the Badminton England Resource Hub – click here to access this
  • Delivery of UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Time to Listen Training workshops directly to members – click here for more information

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