The EPSB recommends that clubs and centres should have a designated person with responsibility for implementing their safeguarding and child protection policy, known as a Club Welfare Officer (CWO).
This step is mandatory for clubs affiliating to our 147 Club affiliation scheme that have members who are under 18 years of age or vulnerable adults.
CWOs do not need to be experts, but they do need to be approachable and have a child-focused approach. It is helpful if they have relevant knowledge and experience, and training is available (see below).
The CWOs’ main responsibilities are to ensure that the club has up-to-date procedures and that relevant staff and/or volunteers are aware of and follow good practice. CWOs should be the first point of contact for any concerns, seeking advice and support from the EPSB when necessary.
You will find a template for the CWO role among our Useful Documents.
The EPSB maintains a list of CWOs to ensure that the right people receive good practice information, advice and training.
Club Welfare Officer training and requirements
A CWO must be an employee, committee member or member of the club who has a current DBS check covering the CWO role. It is the club’s responsibility to organise this check.
The CWO must also have attended within the last three years (or be scheduled to attend) a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop. These short workshops are organised by UK Coaching , County Sports Partnerships, local authorities and other accredited providers.
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Further details about the course
EPSB also recommends that CWOs attend the Child Protection in Sport Unit’s three-hour ‘Time to Listen’ course as further training (optional).
EPSB can provide support and signposting to newly registered CWOs. Please contact us for information.