Meet the Welfare Officers

Who we are, What we do and what we can do for you.

Matty Cooke
Rebecca Cross
Andy Gouldthorpe
Jayne Broughton

We embrace the concept of a welfare policy and strong procedures for all persons involved in athletics. We have a strong interest in safeguarding and welfare matters, we are friendly, approachable, willing to challenge opinion, where necessary, and to drive the safeguarding agenda.

We have strong listening skills and the ability to deal with sensitive situations with empathy and integrity. We all understand the importance of confidentiality and when information may need to be shared in order to protect the best interests of all our members. 

Having the confidence and ability to manage situations relating to the poor conduct/behaviour of others towards each other and know when to ask for support. 

Roles and Responsibilities

With the support of the club committee we have the responsibility to:

  • Implement effective Child Safeguarding Policy and Child Safeguarding Procedures and keep them up to date
  • Implement effective Adult Safeguarding Policy and Adult Safeguarding Procedures and keep them up to date
  • Promote safeguarding at the club and encourage good practice
  • Respond appropriately to safeguarding concerns
  • Regularly report to the club’s organising committee on safeguarding matters
  • Ensure that members of the club/volunteers/staff who are working with children and/or adults at risk are recruited safely and in line with legal requirements
  • Maintain records of safeguarding training attended by club members
  • Maintain records of club coaches and officials’ licences and criminal record checks
  • Make sure the sports volunteers/staff, parents/carers, adults and children are aware of:
    • how to contact the CWO
    • the codes of conduct for working with children/adults at risk
    • how to respond to safeguarding concerns
  • Deal effectively with breaches of the codes of conduct, poor practice, or allegations of abuse
  • Keep up to date with developments in safeguarding
  • Attend the relevant safeguarding courses for the role of CWO
  • Complete a criminal record check (DBS)
  • Maintain confidential records of reported safeguarding concerns and action taken
  • Liaise with the HCAF Welfare Officer and/or statutory agencies if/when required.
  • Ultimately we are looking at developing an environment that promotes the wellbeing and safety of athletes above other considerations, including the development of performance.
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