Role Description for a BF Event Welfare Officer

Everyone in fencing has a responsibility to safeguard and protect young people and vulnerable adults.  The role of the Event Welfare Officer is to promote good practice at an event, to be a named point of contact when there are concerns and to understand BF’s reporting procedures in case a concern is raised.

Role

  • To be the first point of contact for staff, volunteers, parents/carers and young people where concerns about welfare, poor practice or child/vulnerable adult abuse are identified
  • Implement BF reporting and recording procedures
  • Promote BF’s best practice guidance/code of ethics and behaviour throughout the event
  • Assist the competition organisers to fulfil their responsibilities to safeguard young people and vulnerable adults
  • Assist the competition organisers to implement its child and vulnerable adult welfare plan
  • Ensure confidentiality is maintained
  • Promote anti discriminatory practice
  • Be the first point of contact with BF’s Lead Safeguarding Officer
  • Maintain contact details for local Social Services, Police and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) in case of an emergency

 

Experience and Knowledge

The Welfare Officer will have a detailed knowledge about the following:

  • Detailed knowledge of BF’s policy and procedures related to safeguarding and protecting young people and vulnerable adults
  • Detailed knowledge of The competitions responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children and vulnerable adults
  • Basic knowledge of roles and responsibilities of local statutory agencies (Social Services, Police and LSCB)
  • Awareness of equality issues and child protection
  • Basic knowledge of core legislation, government guidance and national framework for child protection and vulnerable adults

 

Skills

  • Approachable
  • Child-focused
  • Basic administration
  • Basic advice and support provision
  • Communication
  • Maintaining records
  • Ability to promote organisations policy, procedures and resources
  • Interpersonal

 

Training

Event Welfare Officers  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 Time to Listen Workshop

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