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Safeguarding Case Management

British Canoeing Case Management Group

The British Canoeing Case Management Group (CMG) is an independent group of experts with safeguarding experience. It offers advice, guidance and direction in relation to the management of safeguarding concerns and cases. It provides independent and informed opinion and is empowered by British Canoeing to make recommendations and decisions on the “route” that cases which deal with the welfare of children and/or vulnerable adults will take.

The full terms of reference for the CMG can be found here.

The Safeguarding Procedure followed by British Canoeing and the CMG can be found here.

The CMG comprises an independent safeguarding expert who acts as Chair of the CMG along with up to six independent members who are volunteers with safeguarding management experience and expertise, and who have been appointed following an open and transparent recruitment process. The CMG also contains British Canoeing's Designated Safeguarding Lead and will on occasion seek advice from others within the organisation who can offer paddling specific expertise.

The current CMG members include experts drawn from a mix of legal, policing, social work, offender management and sport backgrounds:

Gill Camina

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Gill been the Independent Chair of the CMG since January 2017.  Gill is a hugely experienced safeguarding and governance consultant with a proven track record of working at a senior level in a safeguarding consultancy and training capacity for a number of decades.  She has extensive experience at national and international level of delivering and facilitating effective and challenging change improvements around the safeguarding of children, young people and adults.  Gill is retained by a number of sports national governing bodies as an independent consultant and trainer.  She also works extensively across the FE/HE, charity, youth and faith sectors and, although she left the NSPCC in 2013 (where she was a senior consultant for the CPSU and then the national consultancy services), she remains an Associate for both the NSPCC and for the Ann Craft Trust.

Martyn Burrell

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Martyn joined the CMG in August 2018 and is a qualified social worker with a strong background in child protection and safeguarding. He has over 26 years experience of working with Local Authorities, both as a social work practitioner, specialising in risk assessment and planning, and as a senior manager for safeguarding. During this period he has worked closely in multi-agency partnerships and with Safeguarding Boards, developing responses to public protection issues and complex safeguarding. More recently, he has also been involved as safeguarding advisor in faith and other sports settings and is also a Panel Member on the Sport Resolutions National Safeguarding Panel.

Helen Murdock

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Helen joined the CMG in August 2018 and is a sports development consultant and trainer who specialises in the field of child safeguarding in sport. She is retained by a number of other sports to assist with their development of child protection policies and practice and is also a member of England Hockey’s Safeguarding Disciplinary Panel. She is an NSPCC associate and is a Panel Member on the Sport Resolutions National Safeguarding Panel.  

Dr George Allerton-Ross

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George joined the CMG in August 2018 and has over 20 years’ experience working in the public sector. His experience working as a Forensic Psychiatrist within various facilities has seen him giving evidence at Mental Health Review Tribunals and MAPPA meetings and chairing clinical safeguarding groups. George is also a member of the Council of Governors representing the Rest of England and Wales at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.  George’s experiences have provided him with an excellent overview of Safeguarding and its vital function in ensuring the wellbeing and safety of children and vulnerable adults.

Di Murray (MBE)

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Di joined the CMG in August 2018 having spent over 30 years in law enforcement including positions dealing with Child Protection and Kidnap & Extortion. Di also has considerable experience within Sport working for a County Sports Partnership as a Coach Development Officer and England Golf as a National Welfare Officer. In addition, Di is a UK Anti-Doping Accredited Advisor and a Time to Listen Course tutor for the CPSU. As an active sports coach herself, Di also has an excellent understanding of what knowledge and practices enable both herself and an athlete to be the best they can be. Her experiences as a coach educator, assessor, and mentor also ensure she understands and appreciates the framework and guidelines that coaches have to adhere to when working with children and young people within sport. 

Nancy Squires

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Nancy joined British Canoeing as Head of Governance and Compliance in June 2019. Nancy is a qualified solicitor with extensive experience in the sports sector. In Nancy’s previous role with England Golf she was responsible for managing safeguarding cases and steering safeguarding policy and training development.

Ann Stuart

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Ann joined the CMG in December 2020 and is an Independent safeguarding consultant and trainer. She is a former Detective Sergeant with the Metropolitan Police, who specialised in child protection investigations as well as being a policy advisor to the Association of Chief Police Officers lead for Child Protection. 

Sarah Torkington-Halstead

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Sarah joined the CMG in December 2020 and is Head of Safeguarding with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust as well as being GB Snowsport Safeguarding and Welfare Officer since July 2020.