The Whyte Review

Last updated: 17 Jun 2022 Topics: Working with our partners Safeguarding children

The Final Report of the Whyte Review into mistreatment within gymnastics has been published. The review describes an "unacceptable culture" of physical and emotional abuse.

To read the full report and find out more about the review, visit The Whyte Review website.

“What has been revealed today is extremely disturbing and completely unacceptable. It exposes the culture of fear and abuse within gymnastics in which young athletes have been repeatedly let down by those who should be keeping them safe.

“We have heard first-hand through our former helpline with the British Athletes Commission about the devastating consequences this has had on so many young athletes and how it can affect their mental and emotional wellbeing into adulthood. It is only thanks to their bravery in speaking out that this has been exposed.

“We agree with all of the recommendations and expect them to be implemented to lead to a step change in gymnastics at every level. Everyone involved in the sport must make safeguarding the top priority from coaches to club leaders to governing bodies. We will be looking closely at how we can play the best possible role in this to ensure gymnastics is a safe and nurturing environment for every child.”

Michelle North, Head of the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit.

Seeking support

It is never too late to speak out about abuse and to seek support so we encourage anyone who has been affected or anyone who has concerns about mistreatment in gymnastics to contact our new free and independent helpline, which has been commissioned by British Gymnastics, on 0800 587 6696 or help@nspcc.org.uk.

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