Club Welfare Officer
The Club Welfare Officer (CWO) 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 or league. It is essential to ensure that the team/league has someone trained and supported to handle any welfare issues. All teams with young people should to appoint at least one Club Welfare Officer.
If you are appointed as your team’s CWO 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 CWO 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 involving child protection. The person will 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.
We have created a Club Welfare Officer Guidance Pack for everyone who has been appointed to this role. The pack aims to provide you with advice, tips and support within your role. The pack contains a checklist that all new and current CWO’s should use to update and keep track of their training stages. After completing this you should have everything you need in order to start carrying out the role effectively.
Rounders England can offer you free training to support you in this role. This is to ensure you feel equipped to deal with any safeguarding issues if they arise. If you require training please contact us or check the courses section to see what is available in your area.