In light of the recommendations of the Whyte Review the Board of BF has requested a report on the status of Welfare provision in all BF affiliated fencing clubs in order that BF can target support for improvements.
The welfare of all participants in fencing is a priority for British Fencing and trained Club Welfare Officers (required for all affiliated clubs) play a critical role in creating safe and inclusive environments where people can enjoy fencing.
The recently published Whyte Review (link can be found below) sets out recommendations which the BF Board is currently considering.
It is recognised that COVID has had an impact on our volunteer workforce and as such clubs may be experiencing challenges with recruiting and training Welfare Officers. It is a priority to urgently identify and work with our clubs to address any gaps in provision. The Board of BF therefore has requested an audit of the status of Welfare provision in fencing clubs in the UK.
Club Secretaries and Club Welfare Officers will be contacted directly by British Fencing and we thank you in advance for your support in this matter.
The Board of British Fencing
The audit is not intended to be onerous or time-consuming. We will circulate a link to a form to complete in late October and clubs will have at least 6 weeks to return the information requested.
We will be asking community clubs to confirm the following information which will be cross checked with the information that BF hold on clubs, coaches and welfare officers to ensure that we have the most accurate information possible of the current status:
As a reminder:
Welfare Guidelines & Resources for Clubs – BRITISH FENCING
Welfare Course Requirements (almost all courses are now available as face to face online or fully online)
Welfare Course Schedule & Bookings
The Whyte Review
Please note: The Review concerns some sensitive and upsetting information. For some, including those who have personal experience of harm or abuse, this may be distressing
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