27/04/2021- Clubs

Welfare Officer Community Discussion Summary

Thank you to all Welfare Officers that joined BF for the latest community discussion last week. Please see a summary below of any key points and important links to any COVID updates.

As clubs look to return to activity more fully over the next few months it is important that safeguarding remains at the forefront of what we do. Please remember, as detailed in the Return to Fencing – Roadmap Guidelines;

In all steps, parent/guardian supervision for safeguarding purposes is permitted if necessary (to a maximum of one per fencer), subject to restrictions on space, social distancing and mixing. All affiliated clubs delivering community activities to children must (unless parents/guardians are present) have a welfare officer or equivalent present (this should not be the coach).”

Now is a good time for clubs, if they haven’t already, to touch base with their welfare officers and ensure they are happy and ready to return. Make sure your club’s details are up to date on the sport80 platform to avoid missing key updates. Follow the instructions here if you need to make changes.

For the latest online welfare courses please head to our page here.

If you are looking at completing DBS checks at the moment please read the information here around BF’s new management system – Vibrant Nation. All affiliated clubs as of January 2020 have already been set up with an account and emails were sent to the club secretaries with registration details. Clubs who have affiliated after the 1st April 2020 will need to email [email protected] to be added to the system and sent registration details.


For the current status of COVID Restrictions for all Home Countries please see our page here, and for a detailed look at the Roadmap Stages for England please head to the page here. If you have any queries related to the COVID information on these pages please submit them via this form.

For more information and to see other community discussions we run click here.

As always, we will continue to update our COVID-19 advice here, with dedicated pages for clubs and coaches.

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