Club Welfare Officer
Heyford Park FC wishes to ensure that any adult and child involved with the Club feels confident and secure enough to raise complaints of any nature with the Club. We endeavour to make sure that any complaints received are solved quickly, simply and fairly. It is important for us to seek to deal with any issues in a satisfactory manner. Please see the policy on the website for further details.
As a Club Welfare Officer there are two key responsibilities
1) To be clear about the clubs responsibilities when running activities for children and young people.
2) To help club personnel understand what their ‘duty of care’ towards children and young people actually means and entails on a day-to-day basis.
The latter entails such things as ensuring policies are in place, that there is an understanding of Safeguarding and procedures to follow, communicating with all, attending county welfare meetings, carry out DBS checks, be an advocate for the Respect program as well as monitor/ investigate any incidents and ensure compliance with FA.
Latest Welfare News
Hello, my name is Sarah Smith and I am the Club Welfare Officer for this season.
I would firstly like to extend a warm welcome to any new families, players, parents, coaches and committee members to the club.
I have two children, who both play football at Heyford Park FC. My son in the U15’s team and my daughter plays for the U14 Girls team. When I am not supporting the football club and watching my children (which is quite a lot of the time) I am a Primary School Head Teacher. As part of my job I have a lot to do with Safeguarding already so feel that I have a good skill set to bring to this role.
I am delighted that this year we have team working on Welfare and Safeguarding matters and so Emma Richards, Andy Durman & Faye Napper are all involved in this area this season. Over the coming months each of us will be the CWO for a small group of teams— further de- tails will follow about this.
Part of the CWO responsibility is ensuring that all children, parents and personnel (e.g. coaches) involved in the football club know who I am and know how to report any concerns they have.
I have attached a photo of myself. We will share photos of others in the team in due course. If you do have any questions or concerns, reference welfare or safeguarding matters and you would like to discuss with me, either to do with something at Heyford Park FC or something you have witnessed at a match or at another club, please do not hesitate to contact me. My email: email@example.com
Whilst thankfully, restrictions are now lifted currently for Covid, could we as a club please re- quest that if any players do test positive then you let the Coach/Manager know.
The FA Whistle-blowing Policy
Whistle-blowing can be used as an early warning system or when it’s recognised that appropriate actions have not been taken. This approach or policy is adopted in many different walks of life. It is about revealing and raising concerns over misconduct or malpractice within an organisation or within an independent structure associated with it.
Sheldon Report -
Following on from the Sheldon report which the FA commissioned in December 2016, shortly after many former footballers from professional and grassroots football bravely spoke out about the appalling abuse they had suffered as children in football, there are 13 key recommendations that are brought forward from it. This is to ensure that all stakeholders in football have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities about safeguarding within football. Please see the parent/carer film ‘Let’s talk about keeping children safe in football’, which can be found here: https://youtu.be/4rUoMjgy_70