Safeguarding & Wellbeing

BADMINTONscotland is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care.  We recognise the responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation.  

BADMINTONscotland believes that all members, clubs and associations have a responsibility to help protect young people and incorporate good practice as an essential element to ensure that this happens.

It is a stated benefit of affiliation to BADMINTONscotland that our members can access the services of Disclosure Scotland.

Should you require any further information, have concerns about the welfare of a child or wish to discuss any of the information outlined, please contact BADMINTONscotland Child Protection Officer, Sharon MacKechnie, on 0141 445 1218



  1. Appointed a named contact to co-ordinate child protection within BADMINTONscotland who has attended ‘Safeguarding & Protecting Children’ or other basic child protection awareness training and ‘In Safe Hands – Club Child Protection Officer’ workshop.
  2. Adopted a Child Protection Policy at board level within BADMINTONscotland.
  3. Identified any risks to children participating in our activities.
  4. Ensured all adults working with children in BADMINTONscotland sign up to a Code of Conduct for working with children.
  5. Supported all adults working with children in Badmintonscotland to attend ‘Safeguarding & Protecting Children’ or other basic child protection awareness workshop.
  6. Adopted and used an effective ‘recruitment and selection’ procedure to make sure new staff/volunteers have been carefully considered and vetted to do regulated work with children.
  7. Adopted ‘responding to concerns’ procedures to ensure that staff/volunteers get the appropriate help for a child or challenge the inappropriate conduct of any adults within BADMINTONscotland.
  8. Adopted a ‘disciplinary’ procedure to ensure BADMINTONscotland can deal with any inappropriate conduct or child abuse and, if necessary, refer any individual to Disclosure Scotland for consideration on the Children’s List.
  9. Adopted a procedure to review any child protection concerns which have arisen to ensure procedures are followed and appropriate action taken in the best interests of the child.
  10. Adopted ‘Safe in Care’ guidelines that are appropriate to Badmintonscotland’s activities, e.g. trips away from home, physical contact, adult to child ratios, ICT and social media.

Our full policy can be downloaded here


Badminton Scotland Anti-Bullying Policy 

Key Principles

  • Bullying of any kind is not acceptable within Badmintonscotland or any of our Performance Squads, affiliated Clubs, Leagues, Regional Badminton Groups.
  • Badmintonscotland asks that anyone who knows that bullying is happening within their Club, Regional Group or any coaching sessions will tell their Safeguarding Officer or other Club Official.
  • Any incident of bullying which occurs will be taken seriously, responded to promptly, and procedures followed to resolve the situation.
  • All concerns will be managed accordingly with reference to the Policy for Safeguarding, Wellbeing and the Protection of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults.
  • Badmintonscotland has a moral and legal obligation to ensure that, when given responsibility for young people, adults provide them with the highest possible standard of care.
  • It is the responsibility of every adult working within badminton, whether professional or volunteer, to ensure that all young people can enjoy the sport in a safe enjoyable environment.
  • Badmintonscotland is committed to the effective recruitment, and appropriate training of all professional Staff, Coaches, and Volunteers. This will enable us to work together with parents/carers and other organisations to ensure that the needs and the safeguarding of young people remain paramount.

Download full report here 


Child Protection and Welfare Resources for Clubs and Coaches

Children 1st offer a range of resources that help equip people with the tools to ensure children and young people stay safe and have fun in sport.


The Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme

In February 2011, the Scottish Government introduced a new membership scheme to replace and improve upon the current disclosure arrangements for people who work with vulnerable groups.

The Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme) will:

  • help to ensure that those who have regular contact with children and protected adults through paid and unpaid work do not have a known history of harmful behaviour.
  • be quicker and easier to use, reducing the need for PVG Scheme members to complete a detailed application form every time a disclosure check is required.
  • strike a balance between proportionate protection and robust regulation and make it easier for employers to determine who they should check to protect their client group.
  • What do Protection Services do when I apply to be a PVG Scheme Member?

They will check:

  • Are you barred from working with children and/or protected adults?

A check is carried out to confirm that you are not barred from working with children and/or protected adults. If you are barred you will be refused PVG Scheme Membership. This means that you cannot work with the workforce you are barred with (subject to certain exceptions)

  • You are not barred from working with children and/or protected adults.

A search will be carried out to check for vetting information (e.g. convictions, cautions, children’s hearing findings, other relevant information from the police).

  • There is no vetting information or it does not have a bearing on your suitability to do regulated work.

Your PVG Scheme Membership certificate will be issued

  • There is vetting information which has a bearing on your suitability to do regulated work.

If the vetting information identifies conduct which has a bearing on your suitability to do regulated work your application for PVG Scheme Membership will be considered by Protection Services.

All PVG Scheme Members are subject to ongoing monitoring (continuous updating). This means that when you are a PVG Scheme Member your vetting information is kept up-to-date and if there is new information about you this will be assessed to determine if you are unsuitable to do regulated work with children and/or protected adults.

All coaches working with children and protected adults are responsible for being knowledgeable and compliant with the current Protecting Vulnerable Groups Act. If coaches are undertaking regulated work with protected groups they should have the correct PVG check in place.

Coaches can be PVG checked as self employed or in association with a club, institution or local authority. Coaches need an update to be undertaken with EVERY organisation they undertake regulated work with. This is so that if an individual became barred from working with a protected group every organisation they work with can be informed. 

Badminton Scotland can act as an Intermediary Body between Badminton Clubs and Disclosure Scotland, if the club is affiliated and contracted with us. This means any coaches that work with a club can ask Badminton Scotland to process their PVG check. Please get in touch with for more information.

Disclosure Scotland has information on the PVG process on their website:


Key contacts:


Contact details



0800 1111

Safeguarding in Sport Service

0141 419 1156


0131 446 2300

Badmintonscotland Child Protection Officer

0141 445 1218


08457 90 90 90

respectme (anti bullying)

0800 441111

ParentLine Scotland

0800 028 2233


0141 534 6500

NSPCC 24 hour helpline

0808 800 5000

With Scotland (for contact with Police & Social Services)


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