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.

Steve Jones, Welfare & Safeguarding Lead

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 policies have been approved by the boards of Welsh Athletics, UKA and the other home countries and are available to download below;

Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures

Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Athletics

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, if you have any queries or would like to discuss any issue related to child protection, please contact him via e-mail at steve.jones@ws-aa.org or by telephoning 02920 644870 or 07792242153.

At national (UK) level, the designated person/lead child protection officer is Angus Macdonald who can be contacted via e-mail on safeguarding@uka.org.uk  or telephone on 07983 081122

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