Safeguarding & Club Welfare – Important info for all volleyball clubs

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. 

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

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 venerable 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. 
  • 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.

For details on course in or around the East Mids look at our calendar

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