Safeguarding and Child Protection

Child Protection

At Scottish Fencing we want children and young people to stay safe and have fun while taking part in fencing. Everyone involved in Scottish Fencing has a duty to safeguard the welfare of all children in their care.

Scottish Fencing has made a commitment to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation. This duty extends to the prevention of physical, sexual or emotional abuse of any child and shall be applied regardless of a child’s gender, race, religion, sexuality or disability.

You can find out more about our child protection policy information or our codes of conduct or take a note of relevant contacts should you need them.

Our Director responsible for Safeguarding, Child Wellbeing and Protection is Ross Morrison.

For general help and advice you can contact:

Safeguarding in Sport:


For Fencing Clubs:

All the information and guidance needed for clubs can be found on this page.

If you are working towards Swordmark accreditation you will also find all the documents you need to download and implement on this web page.

This information includes a Good Practice Guidance document and a separate Wellbeing and Protection Policy Pack. The following can be edited to include your own club details as required.

  • Good Practice Guidance
  • Wellbeing and Protection Policy Pack
  • Responding to Concerns simple
  • Stay Safe in Fencing
  • Stay safe poster

Clubs can also find below the Shanarri indicators which are used as indicators of a child's wellbeing. 

What do I need to be a Child Protection and Wellbeing Officer (previously known as a Welfare Officer)?

You need the following:

  • Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport 
  • In Safe Hands 

You can find courses here

Sport Scotland have agreed that this is sufficient and will ensure that you are aware of what you need to do in Scotland as our system is slightly different to other home countries.

As an extra, you can of course also undertake the courses offered by British Fencing as advertised on the British Fencing web page.

For Parents:

Parents play an important role in their children’s enjoyment, success and continued participation in sport. Positive parental involvement will support your child to get the most out of their participation.

The following documents can also be downloaded from the bottom of this web page;

  • The Role of a Sporting Parent
  • Parents Guide to find safe sports clubs

You may find the following video clips helpful in supporting your child;


For fencers:

The Stay Safe leaflet to help you stay safe and enjoy the fantastic sport of fencing can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.


If you need help or advice you might find the following information useful



Where a child’s immediate safety is at risk contact the local police on 101/999 or social work department. Links to information can be found here.



Good Practice Guidance_FINAL.doc300 KB
Wellbeing and Protection Policy Pack_FINAL.doc183 KB
Responding to concerns_simple.docx24.92 KB
staysafehavefunposter.pdf409.12 KB
StaySafeLeaflet.pdf1.56 MB
The Role of a Sporting Parent.docx15.88 KB
parentsguidetofindingasafesportsclub.pdf436.06 KB
Shanarri indicators.pdf1.17 MB
Clubhouse changing rooms advice.pdf76.04 KB
SF Child Protection Policy for Web.pdf936.78 KB
SF Responding to concerns about a child.pdf985.67 KB
SF Antibullying Policy.pdf851.06 KB
SF Adult Protection Policy.pdf1.04 MB
SF Consumption of Alcohol by staff policy statement.pdf1010.3 KB