Safeguarding

Wesport recognises that we all have a duty of care towards children, young people, and vulnerable adults. Wesport is fully committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of children, young people, and vulnerable adults engaged in sporting activities locally.

 

Sport and physical activity can and does have a very powerful and positive influence on young people.

 

Not only can it provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement; it can also develop valuable qualities such as self-esteem, leadership and teamwork. These positive effects can only take place if sport is in the right hands – in the hands of those who place the welfare of all young people first and adopt practices that support, protect and empower them.Most youngsters happily and safely participate in sport under the watchful and concerned care of dedicated sports coaches.

However the reality is that abuse does take place in sport and in some cases coaches have been convicted and it is essential that systems are in place to ensure coach and volunteer recruitment, induction and education takes child protection issues into consideration. In addition to this, it is important that coaches, volunteers and staff are in a position to recognise and respond to signs of abuse outside of the sporting context.

Wesport recognises that we have a responsibility towards children, young people, and vulnerable adults, and can help to protect them from poor practice and abuse.

Wesport has produced a series of policies and guideline documents which may be accessed by organisations for information or for use within the appropriate context. These can be viewed through the documents link on the right hand side of this page.

For organisational use of any of these templates please contact the safeguarding officers on safeguarding@wesport.org.uk.

All documents can be made available in alternative formats and languages on request.

 

Wesport Designated Safeguarding Officers

Wesport has 3 designated Safeguarding Officers, all of whom have received regular nationally-recognised safeguarding training.

Wesport Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO): Melonie Gregory

Tel: 0117 328 6251

Mobile / Out of Hours: 07919 211719

 

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO): Steve Nelson

Tel: 0117 328 6253

Mobile / Out of Hours: 07919 211 724