Safeguarding Children & Adults at Risk

The British Wrestling Association Ltd. (British Wrestling) is committed to ensuring that all people who participate in wrestling have a safe, enjoyable and positive experience.

British Wrestling works with the Child Protection in Sport Unit, a unit within the NSPCC, to ensure that clubs within the organisation help safeguard children during their sporting activities. British Wrestling is committed to the training and supporting of Club Welfare Officers to develop club guidelines and safety checklists for their members whether at their home club, traveling to competitions or abroad.

British Wrestling believes that the welfare of young people is everyone’s responsibility, particularly when it comes to protecting young people from abuse, however, it is important to remember that it is not the responsibility of those working within the organisation to determine if abuse has taken place, but it is their responsibility to act upon and report any concerns.

Downloads of policy documents are at the bottom of this page; please use for translation of all documents and articles contained within the  British Wrestling website. A copy of the BWA Code of Conduct for coaches, athletes, parents, spectators and board members can be found here

For further information on the NSPCC and the CPSU:

Help for children & young people NSPCC  Childline Tel: 0800 1111

You can also click the logo to go to their websites:

Help for adults NSPCC Tel: 0808 800 5000

British Wrestling is also has a Mental Health support system. This is for BWA Athletes (at any membership level), Coaches, Volunteers and families associated with our sport.

The important thing about this new support system, is all conversations will be confidential. If you need to reach out, you do not need to worry about any of your fellow Wrestlers, Colleagues, Coaches or Volunteers finding out. All communications will be treated with complete confidentiality.

The support system will be run by trained Mental Health volunteers and will also have access to and support from Mental Health Charities. These volunteers are not Councillors, but are being put in place to offer you support and help guide you through your mental health journey.

We all need to remember that;

  • If we all support each other, this illness doesn’t win.
  • We can remove the stigma associated with mental health illness, it is nothing to be embarrassed about.
  • All suicides are preventable.

If you need to talk then please email please don’t be afraid to reach out.

For all other contact details please see below

BWA Lead Safeguarding Officer: Andreas Michaelas 07494 162 414 (
BWA Lead Safeguarding Officer (Deputy):  (

Welsh Wrestling Safeguarding Team:

BWA Board Safeguarding Champion: Liz Riley (

BWA Mental Health Support: 

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