Club Welfare Officer
New BFA Directive
As Chairman of the Region I need to inform all clubs of a new directive from British Fencing.
The Welfare Officer role may be new to many, primarily it is to ensure the safeguarding of children and vulnerable young people whilst in our care at a Fencing Club.
Anyone with a safeguarding concern should be able to approach the Welfare Officer at their Club. However, the Welfare Officer Role is not necessarily onerous. At the Club level the Welfare Officer should initially make a written note of the details of any disclosure, and then seek further advice from British Fencing. It is recommended that, if possible, both a male and a female Welfare Officer should be appointed at any Club.
We need as many people as possible to be aware of this, so please make sure that your club knows! It is appreciated that safeguarding issues may not be well understood, and that few Fencing Clubs in the Region will have Welfare Officers in post. For this reason we are holding a free training and support session to explain all aspects of the Welfare Officer Post (We are asking for a nominal amount towards the refreshments to be provided at the venue). We would urge as many as possible to attend, to gain valuable insight into this new initiative.
The session will be led by Liz Behnke, Safeguarding and Equality Manager, British Fencing. It will take place on the 30th Marchfrom 10.30 to 12.30 at 190, Mottram Old Road, Gee Cross SK14 3BA.
In order to know how many people are intending to come to the course we would ask that you register online.