Poole Runners Club Welfare

At Poole Runners we take Welfare of ALL our runners seriously and as part of that we have an appointed welfare officer.

Welfare and the Officer’s Role:

Welfare is essential to contribute to good practice within the sport, develop performance and to ensure the safety and enjoyment of athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers

Welfare covers a range of issues such as safeguarding and protecting, anti-bullying, equality, poor practice in coaching and disciplinary and grievances matters.

The Welfare Officer’s role is to advise and support the club officers and committee, to respond to any concerns and to ensure that all coaches/officials/volunteers have completed relevant checks

Every Members responsibility

It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the welfare of all those who participate in athletics.

All club members under the code of conduct (particularly those under age 18) should be secure and protected from abuse, maltreatment, discrimination or misconduct and to accept that each has a right to equality regardless of age, sex, race, religious or social background.

We should all remember that members have varying aspirations/reasons for membership, so we should and encourage but never pressure to perform at a level at which they are personally uncomfortable.

Club members need to safeguard themselves from the possibility of false allegations and should conduct themselves accordingly – here are some examples:


View Code of Conduct

Members must:

  • Consistently display high standards of personal behavior.
  • Remember that someone else might misinterpret their actions, no matter how well intentioned.
  • Report any accidental injury, distress, misunderstanding or misinterpretation to a Committee member / welfare officer
  • Members should not personally advise potential/or existing members re Health issues (ie suitability to run with medical condition) – we are not qualified to deliver such advice – individuals to be encouraged to direct such enquiries to their Medical Practitioner.
  • Report any suspicions of misconduct by others to Welfare Officer plus one other Committee member.
  • Avoid transporting a junior club member alone in your car or spending time alone with them unless clearly in the view of others.
  • Photographs, videos or other images not to be taken of children without the consent of the child/parents.

A little bit about me – your Welfare Officer:

I have been a Poole Runner for a year now and many of you may know me from leading the Couch to 5k groups on a Monday night. I took on the welfare role last year initially with the support of Catherine Moore who has been in the role for many years and who has now stepped down from the role.

I attend different run sessions throughout the week and can be seen at many club championship races so if you want to introduce yourself or have a general chat please do come and see me.

I volunteered for the role at Poole Runners having worked in health and social care for many years with children and vulnerable adults giving me a good background of supporting people with their welfare.

The plan is also to introduce a male welfare officer into the club in the coming months (name recommendations welcomed!).

In the event of any concerns:

If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of ANY Poole Runner, please contact the welfare officer on: welfare@poolerunners.co.uk

You can also contact via the club Facebook pages

If the welfare officer is not available and you have an urgent safeguarding concern please contact one of the following:

  • Poole Children and Young People’s Social Care 01202 735046 / Out of hours 01202 657279
  • Dorset Police
  • NSPCC – 0808 800 5000

Esther Downes
Welfare Officer