Sports Welfare & Safeguarding

Sport England network of Sport Welfare Officers – North Yorkshire and York

As part of the new ground breaking initiative North Yorkshire Sport have a Sport Welfare Manager as part of a new national network funded by Sport England and the National Lottery .  The creation of the new network follows recommendations made by The Whyte Review | Sport England and will support Club Welfare Officers across multiple sports and activities.

The SWO network are working with National Governing Bodies and key partners such as the Child Protection in Sport Unit, Ann Craft Trust and local authorities to develop a new, local approach to assisting and supporting club welfare officers to create safe, inclusive environments for children and adults

What can our Sports Welfare Manager offer to Clubs and NGBs?

Laura has a strong background in supporting small to medium organisations to problem solve, develop policy and practice and meet standards.  An ‘outstanding’ trainer with excellent collaboration skills Laura can offer you a wide range of support.  Direct support offered by Laura is free to access.  She can work with both affiliated sports clubs, unaffiliated clubs and physical activity providers in the community.

Support – Provide additional, local support for club welfare officers, with NGB colleagues, where NGBs colleagues may welcome additional capacity or expertise

Facilitate – Signpost clubs to the right advice and guidance

Critical Friend – Work with club welfare officers to create a safer culture within their organisation, supporting them to self-assessment to ensure they are meeting the safeguarding and welfare requirements set out by National Governing Bodies.

Training – Facilitate and/or deliver local training opportunities and events

Community of Practice – Create networks so that volunteers and staff feel better connected and informed, recognise, share and develop best practice, raise awareness of safeguarding and welfare for young people and adults at local events

What SWOs don’t do

Respond to concerns – SWOs can’t give advice on current cases of concern. All concerns must be referred without delay in accordance with National Governing Body and club safeguarding policies.

Make assessments or judgements – SWOs are a free, independent and impartial service that has been put in place to support club welfare officers. SWOs are not here to report back on, or criticise, the situation within specific clubs.

Contact Laura

Please get in touch with Laura – she’d love to hear from you, whether you need support right away, want to share good practice, or just to say hello and introduce yourself.

01423 637 666

Useful Links and Resources Below

At the bottom of the page is a link to a page of resources and webpages that you may find useful.  If you would like to add to this page please contact Laura


We would like to invite you to a free online event where they will be discussing all things welfare in sport for Yorkshire and Humber. Join them and learn about the new Sport Welfare Officer Network. The team want to support clubs to connect and be informed with each other around safeguarding and welfare. Meet your local Yorkshire team from Active Humber, Yorkshire Sport Foundation and North Yorkshire Sport and let them know how they can support you!

The event takes place on Teams, on Wednesday 12th June from 6pm to 8pm. Book your place here: Yorkshire and Humber -Sport Welfare Connect – Eventbrite

National Programme

For more information about the programme nationally: Sport Welfare Officer Network | Active Partnerships




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