Welfare

As a friendly and welcoming club, Welfare is a top priority. If you wish to report any concerns, please email – welfare [at] unityrunningclub.co.uk – Full information is available in our Welfare Policy below.

Introduction

All members of our club have a duty of care to one another. This is reflected in our Club Constitution and Codes of Conduct. Our aim is to create a welcoming and supportive setting for our members to enjoy being part of the club and most of all feel safe. We want members to know that there is a safe space to talk to us, if they have any concerns about their own Welfare within the club. We also want to ensure that members feel confident in knowing how to raise any concerns they may have about the Welfare of a member and how this will be dealt with. As an England Athletics affiliated club, we adopt the follow policies for Club Welfare:

      • UKA Safeguarding Children Policy
      • UKA Safeguarding Adults Policy and Guidance Procedures

These can be found on the UKA Website or through the England Athletics Resource Library. This process provides details on how we as a club, implement these policies within the Club environment.

Welfare Concerns

There are three types of Welfare Concerns that can be raised at the Club

• A Welfare Concern that requires immediate action
• A Welfare Concern regarding a situation outside of the Athletics Environment
• A Welfare Concern regarding a situation within the Athletics Environment

There are different ways in which you may become aware of a concern

• A member may confide in you about a concern they have about themselves
• You may witness something that causes you concern
• A member or parent may confide in you about a concern they have about another member

When you become aware of a concern it is important that you do not:

• Probe for more information than is offered.
• Speculate or make assumptions.
• Show shock or distaste.
• Make comments about the person against whom the allegations have been made.
• Make promises or agree to keep secrets.
• Give a guarantee of confidentiality

Reporting a Concern

All members have a duty to raise the concern with a Club Welfare officer to ensure that matters are appropriate managed and recorded by the club. It is not the members responsibility to investigate concerns. If the concern does not  require immediate action, it should be reported in writing to the Club Welfare Officer so that an accurate record is logged which may be required at a later time. In the case of an Adult Welfare concern, it is important that you also  consider the needs and wishes of the person at risk, considering the nature of  the alert. If the nature of the concern is against the Club Welfare Officer then  concerns should be raised with the Club Chairman.

Our Club Welfare Officers are

Robert Wells – Club Welfare Officer – welfare [at] unityrunningclub.co.uk
Tom Arkle – Club Chairman and Deputy Welfare Officer –  chairman [at] unityrunningclub.co.uk

When a concern is raised that requires immediate action

If there is an immediate risk to the safety of an individual, you need to contact the Police immediately and report your concerns. Please consider your own  safety as well as that of the individual at this time. When it is appropriate to do so, you should inform a Club Welfare Officer of the action taken for official club records and will use this to consider what, if any further action is required by the club.

When a concern is raised regarding a setting outside the Athletics Environment

If you become aware of a Welfare concern that is not directly related to the club
environment, you still have a duty of care to share this information. If the concern does not require immediate action, you should report the matter to a Club Welfare Officer, in writing as previously described. The Club Welfare Officer will refer to the flow charts located in the appropriate policy (UKA Safeguarding Children / UKA Safeguarding Adults) and take the appropriate  action. The Club Welfare Officer may be required to contact local services to report this concern. Contact details of these services can be found here:

• Kingston Child Services Contact Information – 8:00am – 5:15pm, Monday – Thursday, and Friday between 8:00am – 5:00pm – 0208 547 5008
Referral Form (Richmond and Kingston share services)
• Kingston Child Services Out of Hours Contact – 020 8770 5000
• Kingston Adult Social Care – 0208 547 5005

Managing a Concern within the Athletics Environment

Report your concern to a Club Welfare Officer in writing. The Club Welfare Officer will then refer to the flowcharts located in the appropriate policy (UKA Safeguarding Children / UKA Safeguarding Adults) to decide if the concern meets the threshold of being reported to UKA

If the threshold is met for reporting the matter to UKA, the Welfare Officer is required to follow this process:

• Email dbrown@uka.org.uk or call the UKA Welfare Department on 0121 713 8450 (option 2).
• UKA Welfare Staff will talk you through the process that will subsequently follow and are on hand to answer any questions/concerns you may have.
• UKA Welfare Staff will also offer you advice in relation to reporting back to club officials and managing your club environment appropriately.

If as a Welfare Officer, you are unsure if the concern meets the threshold you should contact UKA using the means above to check.

Managing a Concern that does not meet the threshold for reporting to UKA but still requires intervention at club level.

If the concern does not meet the threshold for being reported to UKA, it does not mean that the concern will be dismissed. It is possible that this concern is still causing distress to a member or members and requires intervention at a club level. In this instance the Club Welfare Officer may need to speak to  another member of the committee. In the first instance this should be another Welfare Officer or if this is not appropriate the Chair or other senior Committee member. An agreement will then be formed on what action should be taken. It may be the case that some mediation is required. If as part of the concern, a formal complaint has been raised, the club will use its Disciplinary Process to manage the complaint. If there is uncertainty regarding what action to take the Club Welfare Officer may sense check the proposed action with the England Athletics Club and Compliance Manager or their local Club Support Manager.

Support available for Club Welfare Officers

Occupying the role of welfare officer can be challenging at times, mainly due to the vast and unpredictable nature of issues/concerns that can and may arise within your club setting. Please always ensure that you place the importance of  your own health and wellbeing at the forefront of your work. If you find that a  particular matter or simply a build up of issues are causing you a degree of  upset/stress, please ensure that you reach out to one of the following  organisations that will be more than happy to talk the matter through with you and offer you the reassurance, guidance and support you rightly deserve.

• England Athletics Athlete & Club Compliance & Wellbeing Manager –
0121 713 8450 (option 3)
• UKA Welfare Department – 0121 713 8450
• Mind – 0300 123 3393
• NSPCC – 0808 800 5000
• Ann Craft Trust – 0115 951 5400

This process will be reviewed and updated every 3 years by Club Committee.

Last Review 11/03/2021