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: