The role of the club welfare officer is crucial in ensuring that the organisation’s approach to children’s welfare and protection works in practice. This level of role and responsibilities applies to all British Taekwondo clubs and the club welfare officer should have a formal role on the club’s management committee.
The club welfare officer acts as the first point of contact for anyone in the club (staff, volunteer, parents or children) who has a concern about a child and about poor practice or possible abuse towards children. The club welfare officer therefore needs to be perceived as being approachable and as having a child-focused approach.
The club welfare officer does not need to be a child protection ‘expert’. That is the role of the statutory services (Police and social services). Ideally, they should have a background in working with children, e.g., teachers, child-minders, social workers, police child protection team officers and child health workers.
The club welfare officer must not be the club contact, nor can this person be a Coach, related to a Coach or in a relationship with a Coach. The club welfare officer needs to be supported by their club management committee who will adopt British Taekwondo’s safeguarding policy and procedures. The club welfare officer is provided with basic safeguarding awareness training through British Taekwondo and/or one of its partners.
Core Values and Principles
- The welfare of children in sport is the paramount consideration
- Children and young people have the right to participate in sport in a safe environment
- Working in partnership with parents/carers, children and young people
- The importance of listening to the child’s voice and promoting forums where they can be listened to
- Sharing information and confidentiality
- Commitment to standards of good practice as outlined in the organisation’s code of practice
Commitment to equity and anti-discriminatory practice.
If you haven’t yet appointed a Club Welfare Officer, the attached role outline might help you find the right person. Put a ‘vacancy’ advert on your club notice board and speak to your members (or their parents) about taking on this role.