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Elaine joined the BEAA as Head of Safeguarding and Athlete Support Manager in March 2021.

Prior to this, she worked at the NSPCC, from where she was seconded to the BEAA to lead the support team set up specifically to offer end-to-end case management for children, families and elite athletes affected by allegations of mistreatment in gymnastics.

Elaine held a team manager role at the NSPCC from 2019, and prior to that gained considerable experience in Social Worker and Senior Social Worker roles in both England and Northern Ireland.

As part of her role at the BEAA, Elaine works alongside both athletes and sports to ensure that safeguarding processes are understood and being correctly implemented. She is part of the first cohort to undertake the International Olympic Committee Safeguarding in Sport certificate.



“My favourite part of my job is being immersed in and leading on conversations which challenge culture in order to ensure that sport is a safe place for elite athletes. I am privileged to be able to advocate on behalf of athletes to ensure athlete voice is at the heart of British sport.

Elaine Francis

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