16/09/2021- Safeguarding/Welfare


New welfare courses between September and November are open for bookings.

Welfare Officers who need to renew their welfare training can sign up for BF welfare courses scheduled for four different dates between September in November:


  • 12th October 2021, 18:00 – 21:00
  • 8th November 2021, 18:00 – 21:00
  • Cost: £22.50 per person


  • 30th September 2021, 18:00 – 21:00
  • 2nd November 2021, 18:00 – 21:00
  • Cost: £25 per person

All the courses will be online and conducted by BF Equality and Safeguarding Manager, Liz Behnke. Places are limited to 12 per course.

About the courses

The En Garde!…Ready? course will present BF welfare policies and guidelines, giving Welfare Officers the information that they need to support their clubs to implement fencing specific welfare polices and procedures. This training is not mandatory, for the BF Welfare Officer Register but it is highly recommended, particularly to officers whose clubs don’t have their own welfare policies.  This course is open to participants from all the UK nations.

Time to Listen is a mandatory training for Welfare Officers in the BF Welfare Officer Register and needs to be renewed every three years. The Time to Listen courses offered by BF Equality and Safeguarding Manager are specific for a fencing context. Time to Listen is mandatory for officers based in Wales and England. Officers based in Scotland must attend. the Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer Training (CWPO), provided by sportscotland.

How to book?

Bookings and payments can be made directly with Liz Behnke, who can be contacted on [email protected].

If you cannot attend any of the new dates announced, please use this form to express your interest.

Other requirements to become a registered Welfare Officer

You can read more about other certificates required to become a registered Welfare Officer here.

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