Tees Rowing Club The Slipway North Shore Stockton-on-Tees TS18 2NL

Welfare Officer

Helen Wescott

  • Proactively promote safeguarding by:
  • Ensuring welfare officer contact information is easily and widely available, such as having posters in the Club and on the Tees RC website
  • Regularly attending Club sessions to make sure all members and parents know who you are, so they can speak to you regarding any worries they may have

Managing Incidents

  • Respond to safeguarding concerns and disclosures when they arise in line with Club policy and best practice
  • Work with British Rowing (and where required, other external safeguarding authorities) on safeguarding concerns and disclosures
  • Provide a signpost of up-to-date information about who to contact and when if matters are urgent (and/or out of hours).
  • Ensure any safety concerns are reported to the Safety Adviser (if appropriate)

Club Volunteers

  • Ensure safe recruitment procedures are observed and followed through (e.g. DBS check)
  • Keep and securely store confidential records, including of all those who have been vetted within the Club and ensure that DBS checks are updated on at least a three-yearly basis (but not keep the certificate or photocopies/scans of it); and a log of those who have had safeguarding training and when; Share this record with the Secretary on a timely basis
  • Ensure the safe recruitment procedures are observed; pursue references for those who will be coaching / working with junior rowers or adults at risk

Policies and Procedures

  • Support the committee to update and communicate the safeguarding policies and procedures to coaches, staff, volunteers, children, families and all other members and visitors
  • Advise the club committee on the development of safeguarding culture within the Club

  • Be calm and approachable
  • Good interpersonal and communicationa skills
  • Have good administrative and recording skills
  • Ability to deal with conflict and handle confidential issues
  • Understand the boundaries of the role and when to seek external advice and support
  • To have an understanding and knowledge of responsibilities of safeguarding and good practice

NB:  Times fluctuate depending on ongoing projects and support acquired from other committee members.

  • Willingness to attend Safeguarding Training