The club is looking for two Welfare Officers, the recommendation from England Athletics is that these positions are held by two people of different genders. We would be happy to have more than two if we had further applicants.
This is a serious, important and responsible role and we as a committee would be willing to help the incumbents with guidance and training support.
Role Outline: Club Welfare Officer
NAME OF CLUB: Ruislip Running Club
ROLE: Welfare Officer
RESPONSIBLE TO: Club Committee
A Club Welfare Officer (CWO) with the support of the club committee has the responsibility to:
- Typical Responsibilities
- 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 through the relevant Home Country procedures.
- Maintain confidential records of reported safeguarding concerns and action taken.
- Liaise with the HCAF Welfare Officer and/or statutory agencies if/when required.
It is desirable for a Club Welfare Officer to:
- Have an interest in safeguarding and welfare matters.
- Be friendly and approachable with the ability to communicate well with adults and children.
- Be willing to challenge opinion, where necessary, and to drive the safeguarding agenda.
- Have strong listening skills and the ability to deal with sensitive situations with empathy and integrity.
- Have an understanding of the importance of confidentiality and when information may need to be shared in order to protect the best interests of a child or an adult at risk.
- Have the confidence and ability to manage situations relating to the poor conduct/behaviour of others towards a child or an adult at risk and know when to ask for support.
[We are delighted to state that these positions have been filled – Editor 25.05.2021]