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A new, national network of Sport and Welfare Officers with the purpose to promote good practice and safe sport for children, young people, and adults.

A new, national network of Sport and Welfare Officers with the purpose to promote good practice and safe sport for children, young people, and adults.

A new, national network of Sport and Welfare Officers with the purpose to promote good practice and safe sport for children, young people, and adults.

Posted: Fri, 5 Jan 2024 14:49 by Riya Ahmed

A new, national network of Sport and Welfare Officers with the purpose to promote good practice and safe sport for children, young people, and adults.

A new, national network of Sport and Welfare Officers with the purpose to promote good practice and safe sport for children, young people, and adults.

We are pleased to announce that Veronique Nani joined the Be Active team as the new Sport and Welfare Officer on 27th November 2023. Veronique will be working closely with the National Governing Bodies working in Bedfordshire and ultimately the local club network to have a more consistent approach to safeguarding and welfare. The role will also provide an opportunity to work with local partners to support welfare priorities specific to Bedfordshire.

Veronique is part of a new, national network of Sport Welfare Officers which has been created across England to support National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and their local clubs to promote good practice and safe sport for children, young people, and adults on a local level. The Sport Welfare Officers will add capacity and expertise to the existing safeguarding work of NGBs and Active Partnerships. They will help further understand safeguarding in local clubs e.g. how policies and procedures are cascaded and help share good practice. They will work closely with other Sport Welfare Officers, National Governing Bodies, and wider organisations; to connect people working on welfare and safeguarding, both inside and outside sport.

The development of these roles were Sport England's policy response to The Whyte Review, published with UK Sport in January 2023, included the proposal to fund this professional network of Sport Welfare Officers. The network is being funded by Sport England using National Lottery funding.

Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England's chief executive, has welcomed the initiative, which also forms part of the Governance, Safeguarding and Integrity commitment in their Uniting The Movement strategy. He said "The role that these new Sport Welfare Officers will play is an important addition to the landscape that comes at a crucial time. The network will directly support our ambition to champion the life-changing impact of being active and our mission to tackle deep-rooted inequalities and unlock the advantages of sport and physical activity for everyone. These roles will create the right blend of action, at both a national and local level, that's needed to help promote a consistent approach in clubs to support their own welfare officers".

The network of Sport Welfare Officers will be supported by two national officers to help support and connect the work at a national and local level.

Be Active are holding a Microsoft Team session on Tuesday 16th January 2024 at 10.00am for an hour the purpose of the session is to provide further information about the focus of the Sport and Welfare Officer work. The session is aimed at Safeguarding Leads/Welfare Officers and anyone else that would support this area of work for all sports, if you would like to attend, please email veronique@beactivebeds.co.uk

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