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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What will happen if I contact the Whyte Review with information?

The information that you submit to info@whytereview.org will be received and reviewed by the Secretariat in the first instance. You will receive an acknowledgment to confirm that your information has been received and that it will be considered as part of the Review. The Secretariat may then follow up to ask you further questions, either by email, phone or by video link to ensure that the Review has the full picture and an accurate understanding of the information you are able to provide. The Reviewer may also ask to speak with you as part of the Review. You are welcome to have someone with you to support you during any calls or meetings with the Review team should you wish to do so.

2. How will my information be held?

We recognise that you may be providing information of a sensitive nature and may have concerns about how this information will be handled. The information you submit to the Whyte Review will be held confidentially on an independent and secure server. It will be handled in accordance with the confidentiality provisions set out in the Terms of Reference and Privacy Policy. Should you have any specific questions or concerns about how your information will be used, please contact privacy@whytereview.org.

3. What will you do with my information after I have submitted it?

Any information submitted to the review can only be accessed by the Reviewer and the Secretariat. We will consider the information you have provided and let you know if we have any follow-up questions. We may contact you to arrange a time to speak with you so we can ask you for more detail about your experiences. We may identify a person that you have named as someone we want to speak with and we may make contact with them. We will inform you if we are going to do this. We will always treat your evidence confidentially and process your information in line with our Privacy Policy, found here.

Should you have any specific questions or concerns about how your information will be used, please contact privacy@whytereview.org.

4. Will you share my information with the individuals or organisations that I have named in my submission?

To ensure that the review is balanced and fair and fully informed, it may be necessary to ask other people questions about the evidence that you have provided to corroborate or test it. Where you request, and it is possible to do so, this will be done in a way that seeks to preserve your confidentiality. The validation of information that we receive is an important part of making sure that the Review reaches accurate and well-informed conclusions about what has been happening in the sport of gymnastics.

5. Will you share my information with anyone else?

If we consider that the information you have provided us needs to be referred to the relevant statutory authorities because the information you have given us raises issues of a criminal nature, raises immediate safeguarding concerns or potentially violate anti-doping regulations, we may need to share this information with the relevant authority. We are in the process of publishing our Referral to Statutory Authorities Protocol, and will be updating our website soon.

6. I only want to speak to you on an anonymous basis - can you guarantee that?

We wish to hear from anyone who has information relevant to our Terms of Reference. If you wish your evidence to be kept anonymous, please say so in your submission to us and explain the reasons why you wish to remain anonymous. We may contact you to discuss with you why you want to remain anonymous.

We will respect your wishes should you wish to provide information on an anonymous basis. However, you should be aware that the Review may not be able to use anonymous information as evidence when reaching its conclusions. Information that can be validated or corroborated will be more compelling and able to be relied on.

7. What will happen to my evidence after the final report is published?

Any evidence you provide to the Whyte Review will be destroyed once the final Whyte Review report is published and any relevant limitation periods in relation to the Review have expired (unless we are legally required to keep the information for longer following referral to a statutory authority, in which case we will only keep the information for as long as necessary).

8. Will the Whyte Review resolve my complaint?

The Whyte Review is not a complaints or disciplinary body. We are not able to resolve personal complaints or grievances. A separate complaints process is being set up to resolve individual complaints. In the meantime, you can submit a complaint for resolution to British Gymnastics or seek advice via the BAC/NSPCC helpline on 0800 056 0566 and at help@nspcc.org.uk.

9. Will you pass on my information to be resolved as a complaint if I ask you to?

If you contact us about concerns or issues that have not yet been raised elsewhere, then we will make a record of all of the information that you are able to provide and use the information to inform the work of the Review in accordance with its Terms of Reference.

If information is provided to us that has not yet been raised as part of a complaints process, we will ask you if you would like the information to be passed on for consideration through the separate complaints process which is being established. We will refer the information to the complaints process if you request us to do so. If you do not wish the information to be passed on, it will be retained only for the purposes of the Whyte Review, in accordance with the confidentiality provisions set out in the Terms of Reference and the Privacy Policy.

10. Will the Whyte Review have received details of the complaint that I have already made to British Gymnastics or the BAC/NSPCC helpline?

This information will not have been shared with us without your consent. If you wish to provide us with details of previous or ongoing complaints that have already been made to British Gymnastics or via the BAC/NSPCC helpline, please send us the information that you have provided to them, or ask the individual who you have been in contact with to send it on to us at info@whytereview.org. This information will be helpful for us to build a clearer picture of the issues that are being raised within the sport of gymnastics and, more generally, how complaints and disciplinary procedures have been dealt with to date. We will ask you if there is any information that you would like to add to the complaint you have already raised.

11. Who is assisting the Reviewer with the Review?

The Reviewer is being supported by two Advisors, Mike Cave and Tonia Couch, who have been appointed by the Commissioning Organisations to provide expert advice in sports administration and elite performance sport. The Advisors will assist the Reviewer with issues relevant to their areas of expertise. This will help the Reviewer to reach a view on the matters to be determined under the Terms of Reference. The Advisors are not involved in analysing the information received by the Review or making decisions about the outcome of the Review.

The Reviewer and Advisors are supported by a Secretariat, who will be the first point of contact for anyone contacting the Review. The Secretariat deals with the day to day running and administration of the Review. The Secretariat receives its instructions from the Reviewer.

12. If I am asked to speak with the Review team can I refuse?

Yes, you can refuse. The Whyte Review is a non-statutory review and will not be holding any formal hearings. We plan to collect information and evidence in documentary form and from voluntary meetings with witnesses where necessary and appropriate. You do not have to give evidence in meetings if you do not want to. However, we strongly encourage you to contribute to the Whyte Review if you have relevant evidence to provide. In this way we can build the fullest picture of the concerns you are raising and any other matters relevant to the Terms of Reference.

13. When will the Whyte Review be concluded and the report published?

The Terms of Reference require the Reviewer to complete their work in a timely manner and aim to provide their final report to the Commissioning Organisations as soon as reasonably practicable. At this stage we do not know the volume and nature of the material that will be received by the Review. This will be clearer once the Call for Evidence has closed and an interim report on the nature and the scale of the information received has been provided to the Commissioning Organisations.

14. Should I submit information if I am not sure if it falls within the parameters of the Terms of Reference?

Yes, the Whyte Review will consider any information that it receives in order to assess whether it falls within the scope of the Terms of Reference. If large volumes of information are received that currently fall outside of the scope of the Review, then the Reviewer will consider whether they need to request in writing to the Commissioning Organisations an amendment to the Terms of Reference in order to achieve the Outcomes of the Review. If such a request is made, then the Commissioning Organisations will decide whether the Terms of Reference will be extended. Any correspondence on this issue would be published on the Review website.


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