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. 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 audit is not intended to be onerous or time-consuming. Club Secretaries and Club Welfare Officers have been sent the audit form and instructions directly by BF.
If you have not received this email and think you should have please message Hannah Gavin ([email protected]).
The deadline for completed forms is Friday 16th December 2022.
Please return only one submission per club. BF will be running a series of help sessions early December check the Community Discussion Page here for information.
We have asked 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:
As a reminder:
Welfare Course Requirements (almost all courses are now available as face to face online or fully online)
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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