How to report a concern

It is important that everyone at Special Olympics GB knows how to raise a concern.  

Reporting a safeguarding concern must be done quickly, accurately and to the right person. 

Below is a step-by-step guide on reporting a safeguarding concern at Special Olympics GB:

- Contact your Club/Region Safeguarding and Welfare Officer (SWO) to inform them of the concern. You can find out who your Club/Region SWO is by checking your Club/Region Safeguarding

- Contact Form or contacting your Club/Region Main Contact.

- Accurately record all details of the concern/disclosure on the Special Olympics GB Safeguarding and Welfare Concern Report form found HERE. This includes times, locations, names etc.

- Give/send the form to your Club/Region Safeguarding and Welfare Officer (SWO) (ensure confirmation of receipt of the form).

- The SWO will assess the form and decide on next steps

If your Club/Region Safeguarding and Welfare Officer is unavailable contact the Special Olympics GB Safeguarding Hotline on 07932 650946 during office hours.

Alternatively you can email safeguarding@sogb.org.uk

If an athlete is in immediate danger contact emergency services by calling 999.

You can also contact your Local Authority Safeguarding Services which can be found using the below links:

England
Children: https://www.gov.uk/report-child-abuse-to-local-council 
Adults: https://www.gov.uk/report-abuse-of-older-person 

Scotland
Children: https://www.mygov.scot/report-child-abuse/ 
Adults: https://www.actagainstharm.org/getting-help/find-your-local-contact

Wales
Children: https://gov.wales/reporting-suspected-abuse-harm-or-neglect-safeguarding
Adults: https://www.cysur.wales/contacts-and-useful-links/reporting-concerns-adult/