Welfare Officer Guidance

The Welfare Officer (WO) is a key role within Rounders.  By designating people to this role, Rounders England can ensure that someone is identifiable as the first point of contact for safeguarding concerns within a team, league or club. It is essential to ensure that the team/ league/ club has someone trained and supported to handle any welfare issues. All teams with young people should to appoint at least one Welfare Officer.

If you are appointed as your team’s WO then it is important to know what is expected within this role. The person must be approachable and be comfortable talking to people of all ages. The WO plays a key role in ensuring all members within the team or league feel safe and respected. It is their responsibility to act on any issues that arise. The person will need to be available if anyone has any concerns about the welfare of a child or adult at risk. This includes any poor practice/ abuse that is having a detrimental effect to the club, team, child or adult at risk. This role is important as it allows all participants to feel safe and enjoy playing in a happy and fun environment.