WELFARE & POLICIES
Providing a Safe Environment for all Members
The following codes of conduct exist to guide the behaviour of club members. These are the UKA HCAF’s (The UK Athletics (UKA) and the Home Country Athletics Federations (HCAF)) Codes of Conduct. Adopted by the club and published on our website in October 2022.
- Senior Athletes
- Children and Young People
- Club Safeguarding
- Adult Safeguarding Policy
- Child Safeguarding Policy
- Adult Safeguarding Procedure
- Child Safeguarding Procedure
- Club Welfare Officer
- Parents and Carers
- Technical Officials
Our aim is to provide an environment where everyone feels:
- Able to participate
- Safe and free from discrimination, bullying, harassment and vilification.
Read our full inclusion policy aims and objectives here
Our dedicated welfare officers are:
Scroll down to read about the role of a welfare officer and how our WO’s can help.
Additional useful links
NSPCC helpline If you’re worried about a child, you can contact this helpline for advice and support. Call 0808 800 5000 or email email@example.com
Childline is a free 24/7 service for children and young people Call: 0800 1111 childline.org.uk
Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) https://thecpsu.org.uk/
Ann Craft Trust A Leading UK Authority on Safeguarding Adults and Young People at Risk https://www.anncrafttrust.org/
Mind Toolkit – Supporting the welfare of adults https://www.ukcoaching.org/courses/elearning-courses/safeguarding-adults
England Athletics – sets out the role of your club welfare officer https://www.englandathletics.org/clubs-and-facilities/club-support-services/club-welfare/
The Role of the Welfare Officer
Hello! We are Victoria, Annabel and Neil and we thought it would be a good idea to introduce ourselves and tell you a little about the role of Welfare Officer (WO).
“This role is basically about being there for you, to act as the first point of contact for: volunteers, officials, coaches, children and young people, athletes, and parents to raise any concerns they have (Large or small, they are all important) so we can deal with them sensitively and promptly. Any issues raised will be dealt with by following the policies and procedures of the UKA HCAF’s (The UK Athletics (UKA) and the Home Country Athletics Federations (HCAF)) Codes of Conduct.
The role is primarily to ensure that the club fulfils its safeguarding duties to children and adults, with the aim of ensuring a supportive and positive environment in which children and adults can enjoy athletics. To know the procedures to follow for dealing with child protection concerns, other welfare issues or complaints and to ensure the club protects all involved with the club during its activities.
It encompasses policies and procedures to set out minimum standards and expectations, such as codes of conduct for coaches, volunteers, officials, athletes, young athletes, parents/carers with the aim of ensuring a harmonious club for all. It is important that we have a range of policies concerned with safeguarding and welfare.
It’s also about recognising the difference between poor practice in coaching, disciplinary and grievances matters and matters that would be seen as safeguarding and making changes to reflect this practice within the club if necessary.
In addition to the younger members of our club, England Athletics acknowledge any adult can be vulnerable for a whole host of reasons, physical health, perhaps having mental health problems, and so anyone in the club may feel that they need help and support.
As a WO, the role is to try and make sure that people feel safe and included when they are running with the club. We are a very friendly bunch so feel free to contact one of us.
The welfare of members is everyone’s responsibility, we must look after each other. We hope you have gained a little insight into the role of Welfare Officer.
Victoria, Annabel and Neil