The British Academy of Fencing believes that everybody has a responsibility to protect young people and vulnerable adults from all forms of abuse. Coaches, club officials, competition organisers, parents and friends all can help and have a role to play.
The Academy is, of course, particularly concerned with the sport of fencing and advocates that everyone involved in the sport has a legal and moral obligation to protect young people and vulnerable adults.
All persons with responsibility for dealing with children and vulnerable adults in any fencing context should familiarise themselves with the Sports Coach UK / NSPCC document Protecting Children – a Guide for Sports People (ISBN 0947850 50 3) where the nature of child abuse and advice on detecting the four main forms of abuse — neglect, physical, sexual and emotional are outlined.
In addition all members of the BAF should be aware of the Academy’s Child Protection Policy.