Safeguarding & Club Welfare

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Volleyball England is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all young people to participate in volleyball. We all have a responsibility to safeguard the welfare of young people and protect them from poor practice, abuse and bullying.

Young people are the future of our sport, they participate in volleyball in various ways, from playing to volunteering and should be able to do so in a safe and happy environment.

Safeguarding means promoting the safety and welfare of young people. Safeguarding is a term used to incorporate good practice and is wider than “Child Protection”.  Child protection is still an essential element of this policy and is about acting on concerns about a young person or individual. 

If you have any specific queries or wish to discuss a concern, please contact Rob Payne, Young People Manager via safeguarding@volleyballengland.org or by phone on 01509 227722

Safeguarding Changes for 2016 & 2017

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR CLUB WELFARE OFFICERS AND SAFEGUARDING FOR THE 2016/17 SEASON. ALL CLUBS MUST ADHERE TO THESE REGULATIONS BY 31/01/2017

The CPSU and NSPCC now require community sports clubs to have the following in place in regards to their provision for  the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults:

 Adult-Only Clubs

  • The safeguarding and welfare role will be called the Club Welfare Officer. All literature and documentation will be amended to reflect this.
  • The Club Welfare Officer has to complete the Sports Coach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop - this can be done either face to face or online
    (Please note the online workshop states 'refresher', however CWO's from adult clubs can still undertake the workshop irrespective of previous training)
  • Other safeguarding courses from other sports or professional capacities are acceptable as long as it was a face to face course.
  • Club Welfare Officers are be required to upload their course details onto their online profile for authentication.

 Clubs with Junior members: 

  • The safeguarding and welfare role will be called the Club Welfare Officer. All literature and documentation will be amended to reflect this.
  • The Club Welfare Officer has to complete a face to face Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop or upload a previous details of a similar face to face workshop.
  • The Club Welfare Officer have to complete a Time to Listen Course (volleyball specific or a multisport course) Courses are detailed below.

Mark Trelfa (Club Welfare Officer at Wimbeldon Volleyball Club)

"As a first time Welfare Officer for an adult only volleyball club, I opted to attend the Sports Coach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop rather than take the online course. Although the course centres around child protection, the principles are the same for adults it helped me see how important it is that everyone involved in the club needs to be aware of the issues. Having previously only been a player, it was really useful to listen to and discuss the experiences and views of a broad mix of coaches and club officers of all ages and experience. I was also able to ask a number of important questions that weren’t specifically in the course material. Overall, I think came away with a deeper understanding of welfare and safeguarding issues than I could have got from an online course, and most importantly it gave me the confidence in my own ability to carry out the role"