The Welfare Officer acts as the first point of contact for anyone in the club (players, parents, coaches or volunteers) who has a concern about a child, poor practice or possible abuse towards children. In partnership with the club committee, the Welfare Officer ensures that the organisation is adopting and implementing child safeguarding policies and procedures which are necessary for it to demonstrate its duty of care to children.
The designated Welfare Officer for Elmfield Badminton Club is Holly Robson who has completed the UK Coaching Safeguarding & Protecting Children workshop and the NSPCC ‘Time to Listen’ training for Club Welfare Officers.
If you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact Holly by messaging Elmfield Badminton Club on Facebook and Holly will pick up your message. CLICK HERE to visit Elmfield’s Facebook page
Elmfield Badminton Club have adopted BADMINTON England’s Safeguarding Policy which can be found by CLICKING HERE
It is not the responsibility of anyone working or volunteering in a club or organisation to decide whether or not child abuse has taken place. However, there is a responsibility to act on any concerns by reporting these to the Club Welfare Officer or the appropriate authorities.
All concerns about a child should be reported to the Club Welfare Officer, following the National Governing Body (NGB) procedures. Where concerns are about child abuse, this may lead to a referral to children’s services who may involve the police. If concerns are about poor practice, the NGB procedures will define the course of action to address this.
It is important that players, coaches and volunteers are aware of when they need to take immediate action to ensure a child’s safety, when they need to consult with others and what they should do in these circumstances.
To keep children safe, information needs to be shared appropriately so that decisions can be made to protect them. However, clear boundaries around information sharing are important to maintain confidentiality where appropriate and to ensure that only those who need the information are made aware of it.
For more information on safeguarding and child protection please see the links below: