SAFEGUARDING AND WELFARE
Everyone in Athletics has a part to play in safeguarding children, Welsh Athletics aims to create an environment where everyone involved in athletics feels safe and secure to enable them to achieve their potential – to run, jump and throw, to coach, officiate or to support those who do.
Welfare - what it means
Welfare covers a range of issues such as safeguarding and protecting children, anti-bullying, equity, poor practice in coaching and disciplinary and grievances matters. It encompasses policies and procedures to set out minimum standards of expectations, such as codes of conduct, procedures to follow for dealing with child protection concerns, other welfare issues or complaints, and to ensure that, clubs and associations meet their statutory responsibilities to safeguard and protect children. Welfare is essential to contribute to good practice within the sport, develop performance and to ensure the safety and enjoyment of athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers.
It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the welfare of all those who participate in athletics. Since 2004, we have worked with our partners at UK Athletics, and the Home Countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and assisted by the Child Protection in Sport Unit of the NSPCC, to develop welfare policies and procures for all persons involved in athletics, which incorporate our child protection policies and procedures
The new policy has been approved by the boards of Welsh Athletics, UKA and the other home countries and can be downloaded from here. Referral forms and other guidance and forms can be found here
If you have any questions or concerns……..
Lead Safeguarding and Welfare Officer for Welsh Athletics
Steve Jones is the Lead Safeguarding Officer, and he is supported by Trish Chalk if you have any queries or would like to discuss any issue related to child protection, please contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 02920 644870 or you can email email@example.com
At national (UK) level, the designated person/lead child protection officer is David Brown CBE who can be contacted via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org, post at Athletics Welfare PO Box 332, Sale, Manchester M33 6XL or telephone on 0161 223 4246 and 0800 316 3003.