All Welsh Judo Association Clubs should strive to have a Club Welfare Officer (CWO). Everyone in the club should know who the CWO is and how to contact them.
The CWO needs to be well supported by the club and have a formal role on the clubs management committee. It is the whole club’s responsibility to ensure children’s welfare and everyone has a role to play.
The CWO has a key role in advising the committee on its approach and ensuring that this is monitored and reviewed.
Due to the nature of this role all CWO will have no relation to the Head Coach. Ideally the CWO will be a separate role from coaching for best practice.
The Club Welfare Officer is responsible for following the British Judo Association’s policy and procedures, in particular the reporting procedures.
This means ensuring that the appropriate records are maintained. Assess the information promptly and carefully, clarifying or obtaining more information about the matter as appropriate.
Consult initially with a statutory child protection agency such as the local social services department or health board, or the NSPCC, to test out any doubts or uncertainty about the concerns as soon as possible.
The Club Welfare Officer will need to ensure that everyone is aware of what training is available and work with the club management committee to ensure that training requirements are met.
CWO roles are suited to those people who want to volunteer on a regular basis.
They are ideal for existing club members, parents who want to get more involved with a few spare hours each week.
A CWO requires a certain level observation, self-awareness and critical thinking. They also need to be patient with good communication skills and able to adapt to a range of varied age groups.
You will need to complete the following -
Please be advised the SPC, TTL and DBS are valid for three years. It is the CWO's duty to keep the requirements up to date failing to do so will invalidate their CWO status.
Please contact Amanda Smith for all CWO/safeguarding enquiries.
Amanda.smith@Britishjudo.org.uk 01509 631670 ext 223