We have a dedicated welfare officer, Bruce, whose role is to ensure we comply with the policies and wealth of supporting material that the British Fencing Association develop and publish. We are also lucky that our head coach is our safety officer and monitors safety during the sessions as defined for coaches in the Club risk assessment.
Bruce is usually present at Club training sessions and is always happy to discuss any issues in the strictest confidence and can also be contacted by phone or email – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for his contact details.
His focus is very much on juniors and vulnerable adults but the welfare officer and all our coaches take great care to ensure all good practice is followed.
As our welfare officer Bruce has a good understanding of the British Fencing Association’s (BFA) policies. He has DBS clearance and has attended all the welfare courses and training required to ensure that he appears on the current BFA Welfare Officer Register as an accredited Club Welfare Officer. He has solid contacts within the BFA and can and has called on them for advice when needed.
One small example of this is that we try to ask everyone whether they are happy for us to show their photographs on our facebook page and website, but while we operate on an opt-out basis for adults we ask parents and guardians to opt-in for children and vulnerable adults. This is just one of the documents that can be found in the BFA Welfare Zone (above)
All Bath Sword Club coaches are DBS checked and have up to date accreditation in terms of Child Protection and First Aid and appear on the BFA Coach Register.