The role of Welfare Officer for the Club is fulfilled by Edna Wood who has been a member of the Club since 2015, and has acted as Secretary on the Committee since 2016. Edna can be contacted regarding welfare details or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Welfare Officer will:
- Oversee matters arising in relation to the health, wellbeing and safety of club members, have an understanding of the most appropriate way to manage and respond to issues by listening, taking notes and seeking advice.
- Support and advise the Committee on implementing UKA and England Athletics welfare policies and procedures.
- Ensure that all Club coaches and officials have completed Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, as required, and assist in this process.
- Although this role is mainly directed towards and safety and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults we, as a Club, would like to stress that the wellbeing of all our members is equally important. Should anyone have a problem they would like to talk through please get in touch.
- Report any concerns about child abuse to the relevant local children’s services or police immediately. If the Club Welfare Officer is not available, the person with concerns should report the matter to local children’s services or police themselves.
- Report any concerns about child abuse to both the UKA Welfare Officer and England Athletics Welfare Officer, and inform them what action has been taken.
- Inform the EA Welfare Officer about any concerns regarding misconduct, which are not related to child abuse.
- Be responsible for the promotion of the EA Code of Conduct to members, coaches, and others associated with the Club, and help ensure these codes are adhered to.
- Provide advice to the Committee on any activities, training and initiatives that could support the health and wellbeing of Club members.
- Deal with all welfare matters with discretion and confidentiality, except where the situation requires the sharing of information with the relevant local authorities, child protection officers, police and national governing bodies, and other Club officials.
- Attend meetings of the Club Committee.
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