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Safeguarding and Welfare

Everyone in Athletics has a part to play in safeguarding children and adults at risk, 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.

James Williams, CEO

Who to contact with a Safeguarding Concern:


IF YOUR CONCERN IS URGENT (immediate harm to a child or adult at risk), please contact the police by dialing 999 or 101.

If there are welfare concerns, about a child or adult at risk, not immediate danger contact social services. Use the local authority finder for relevant social services Find your local authority | GOV.WALES

Carl Williams is our Lead Safeguarding Officer, if you have any queries or would like to discuss any issue related to child protection, please contact him via e-mail at safeguardingandwelfare@welshathletics.org or by telephone on 07792 242153 

If you wish to report a safeguarding concern to UKA use the referral platform: https://www.uka.org.uk/submit-a-concern/

Sue Wilson is the designated person/lead child protection officer at UKA and can be contacted via e-mail at swilson@uka.org.uk or telephone on 07785 592860

Policies and Procedures 


Mandatory Training - First Aid Guidance


If you have any other queries please contact coachdevelopment@uka.org

UPCOMING TRAINING


There has been an update to the Club Welfare Officer training. The Club Welfare Officer training has replaced the previous Time2Listen course. The previous Time to listen course remains valid for 3 years from the time of completion.

Prior to booking on to the Club Welfare course all Club Welfare officers must first complete the Safeguarding in Athletics Online Modules. The course cost is £10. Book the course here.

Welsh Athletics are providing a Club Welfare Officer Time to Listen course, see available dates below:

Please ensure that if you have a new Club welfare officer, or if your Club welfare officer has not completed the course, that they book on as this is a required part of affiliation.

The Club Welfare Officer training Online course will be carried out in a Virtual Classroom setting and is aimed at all nominated Club Welfare Officers. The cost of the Club Welfare Officer training is £35.

This course will provide Club Welfare Officer’s with extensive safeguarding training to assist them with undertaking their role within an Athletics setting.  There will be an opportunity to consider your role and responsibilities within an Athletics, sporting context and ensure that you are familiar with sport specific reporting processes that apply to the sport, this is vital information whilst occupying the role.

Whilst Welsh Athletics appreciate that some Club Welfare Officers will be trained and experienced in Child Protection/Safeguarding/Adults at Risk, issues from other sectors such as education or health to name a few, WA have decided to opt for consistency across Wales to ensure that all our Club Welfare Officers have attended the same level of training as a minimum. This is set out in the mandatory Club Standards upon club affiliation. We are committed to a zero tolerance policy when it comes to safeguarding and we thank our clubs and club welfare officers for supporting this approach too, to ensure our club environments and our sport is as safe as possible in Wales.

SUPPORT 


CHILDREN & YOUNG ATHLETES 

ADULTS 

WELFARE OFFICERS 

TRAINING


CLUB WELFARE OFFICERS

COACHES

OFFICIALS

Safeguarding 'quick links' list: