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 if you have any questions or concerns:


Please contact the police by dialing 999 or 101 as well as notifying the Local Authority Designated Officer (contact details on individual Unitary Authority websites (Social Services). Then contact either Steve or Angus by SUBMITTING A CONCERN via the referral platform:

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 or by telephone on 07792 242153

UKA Welfare Officer: At the national (UK) level, the designated person/lead child protection officer is Angus Macdonald who can be contacted via e-mail at or telephone on  07920 532552

Policies and Procedures

Club Welfare Officer Support:

Advice around how to deal with, manage and report safeguarding concerns can be found in the Policies and Procedures above. Advice and support around managing other concerns (non-safeguarding) at Clubs can be accessed by clicking on the relevant link below:

Regional Safeguarding Contacts:

Training Opportunites:


Young Athlete Support:

If you are concerned about yourself OR a friend you should firstly speak to your Club Welfare Officer 


You can also contact:

Athletes and Parents:


Coaches, Officials, and Volunteers:

Policies for Coaches:

- All Coaches need to complete the Safeguarding in Athletics Certificate Athletics Hub (£10) to receive their licence. 

- All new Coaches and Run Leaders will need to complete the Basic First Aid Training Certificate from April '22 

Visit the UKA website to find out which First Aid Training you need

Policies for Officials:

From the 1st April 2022, all individuals taking an official’s course from the UKA Officials’ Education Pathway for the first time will be required to complete an online Safeguarding course. The course has been produced in partnership with a 3rd party provider (Educare) and is bespoke to athletics, UKA governance and home country legislation. The course has been evolved and updated over recent months in order to provide the best possible learning experience for you as an official.

From the 1st July 2022, all Officials will be required to complete the safeguarding course at the point of re-licencing.

For further information and to access the course which costs £10 follow the link to the Athletics Hub. 

If you have already completed the Safeguarding in Athletics module as a coach/leader or as part of another volunteer role in athletics then there is not the requirement to complete it again until your licence is due for renewal.

Safeguarding 'quick links' list: