Recording available: Safeguarding Our Climbers Seminar

Thank you to everyone who joined us live for the Partners Seminar on 7 September 2023 on Safeguarding Our Climbers.

If you couldn't make it on the day, you can now watch the recording on the ClimbScotland YouTube channel, or view all recordings in the 2023 Partners Seminars playlist.

You can find a summary of the seminar content, speakers and timings below.

Seminar Summary

During this webinar, we'll explore creating safe spaces for climbers through insights from our expert panel, including Craig Chalmers of Children 1st, Catherine Hibbitt from Mountaineering Ireland, and Helen Murphy of the BMC. Get to grips with the nuts and bolts of safeguarding, and explore responsibilities, legislation, risks and who is involved. Hear about safeguarding cultures, recognising concerns, and why the voice of children and young people is important. Lastly, you'll have the chance to engage in panel sessions about how to create safe environments and what strategies are needed to build a strong safeguarding culture at our climbing centres and beyond.

Who's on the panel?

  • Robert MacKenzie: Regional Development Officer, ClimbScotland
  • Helen Murphy: Safeguarding Manager, BMC
  • Craig Chalmers: Children 1st (this Scottish charity aims to give every child in Scotland a safe and secure childhood)
  • Catherine Hibbitt: Child Safeguarding Officer, Mountaineering Ireland


  • Intro – Welcome from our host: Robert MacKenzie, Climb Scotland
  • +4m – Keynote: An introduction to Safeguarding – Helen Murphy, BMC
  • +19m – Keynote: Craig Chalmers, Children 1st
  • +36m – Keynote: The Voice of the Child and Young Person, Catherine Hibbitt, Mountaineering Ireland
  • +52m – Panel Discussion: How to build a safeguarding culture, plus other questions. Next steps plus signposting to resources.
  • +1h30 - Seminar closes

Published: 28 September 2023

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