BF Board Safeguarding Champion – Role Description

Everyone in fencing has a responsibility to safeguard and protect young people and vulnerable adults. The role of the Board Safeguarding Champion is to lead and inform safeguarding discussion and planning within Board meetings, to ensure the Board prioritise these discussions and resource appropriately.  They act (along with the CEO) as a link between the lead safeguarding officer and the Board.

 

Role

  • Supporting BF to maintain the safeguarding standards and embedding good practice
  • Driving the development and implementation of the safeguarding action plan
  • Ensuring safeguarding is embedded within the work, discussions and decisions of the Board
  • Promoting the importance of developing a culture of listening to young people within and through NGB policies, procedures and services
  • Providing support, check and challenge to the NGB safeguarding lead through regular meetings and discussions
  • Promoting safeguarding at a strategic level to the wider network
  • Ensure confidentiality is maintained
  • Promote and demonstrate anti-discriminatory practice

 

Experience and Knowledge

  • Basic understanding of BF’s safeguarding structure and procedures
  • Strategic insight into safeguarding and child protection issues
  • Basic knowledge of BF’s policy and procedures related to safeguarding and protecting children, young people and adults at risk
  • Basic knowledge of BF’s role and responsibilities to safeguard the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and the roles of the various levels of Welfare Officer
  • Basic knowledge of roles and responsibilities of local statutory agencies (Social Services, Police and LSCB)
  • Basic knowledge of equality issues and child protection
  • Basic knowledge of core legislation, government guidance and national framework for child protection and adults at risk

 

Training

The Board Safeguarding Champion must attend the following workshops which will provide them with much of the background information that is needed for this role:

  • En Guarde Ready – an introduction to British  Fencing’s Welfare Pack
  • Sportscoach UK’s Safeguarding and Protection Workshop (or equivalent in Scotland and NI)
  • BF’s Welfare Officer Training or Time to Listen Training
  • Board Safeguarding Training

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