Club Welfare Officer
Who are they?
A Club Welfare Officer is the person within your volleyball club with primary responsibility for managing and reporting concerns about children and for putting into place procedures to safeguard children in the club.
What is their role?
The role of a Club Welfare Officer will vary from club to club. Some will have an active involvement within training and matches, whereas others will undertake their duties remotely. Some good practise around their role can be found HERE
What training do they require?
Adult-Only Clubs (over 18s)
- The Club Welfare Officer has to complete the UK Coaching 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.
Clubs with Junior members
- 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)
- For advice on finding your nearest Time to Listen workshop, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can they access relevant policies and procedures?
Any Volleyball club providing services or activities for children and young people under the age of 18 should have a child protection policy. This is a statement of intent that demonstrates a commitment to safeguard children involved in sport from harm. A child protection policy makes clear to all what is required in relation to the protection of children and young people. It helps to create a safe and positive environment for children and to show that the organisation is taking its duty of care seriously.
Click HERE to view the Volleyball England policies and procedures which can be adopted by your club