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Welfare

If you have any concerns about the welfare of young people or vulnerable adults, please immediately contact British Fencing who will immediately provide you with a telephone number and email of the welfare officer.

General Enquiries should be sent to headoffice@:britishfencing.com or 0208 742 3032.

Equality and Safeguarding Manager: Liz Behnke - Telephone number 077177 40125 - For urgent issues please call 07526 003030

In British Fencing we believe that the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility, particularly when it comes to protecting children from abuse. Everyone in fencing - administrator, club official, coach, parent, friend, children themselves, everyone - can help.

Abuse can occur anywhere there are children - at home, at school, in the park, at the club. Sadly, there are some people who will seek to be where children are simply in order to abuse them. We believe that everyone in British Fencing has a part to play in looking after the children with whom we are working. This is both a moral and arguably a legal obligation. The Children Act 1989 indicates that anyone who has the care of children should "do what is reasonable in all circumstances for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare."

These child protection procedures stem from the following principles:

  • the child’s welfare is the first consideration
  • all children, regardless of age, any disability they have, gender, racial origin, religious belief and sexual identity have a right to be protected from abuse.

We know that if the procedures are to help to protect children, everyone involved in fencing needs to see and discuss them, a full version is available from BF web-site. We are, therefore, asking regional, county and club secretaries to make sure that they are widely distributed and discussed at club executive and general meetings.

In addition, British Fencing strongly recommend that all clubs offering fencing to under 18’s and vulnerable adults should have a Welfare Officer in place who is not connected to any coach within the club.

Finally, please remember British Fencing will support anyone who, in good faith, reports his or her concerns that a child is at risk of, or may actually be, being abused.

Welfare Documents and Resources

Regional Welfare Officers