Yorkshire & Humber Sport Welfare Officers

Sport England national network of Sport Welfare Officers – The Yorkshire and Humber Team

As part of the new ground breaking initiative there are 5 new Sport Welfare Officers for Yorkshire and the Humber out of 63 nationwide based within Active Partnerships.  The creation of the new network follows recommendations made by The Whyte Review and will support Club Welfare Officers across multiple sports.

The Sport Welfare Officers 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 SWOs offer to Clubs and NGBs? 

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-assess 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.

If you would like to download the information about the regional team please see downloads at the bottom of the page.

Your Local Officer in Yorkshire and Humber

You can find out more about your local Sport Welfare Officer below:

Mary Smith at Active Humber covering The Humber, East Riding and North East Lincolnshire:  Sport Welfare Officer : Welfare & Safeguarding : About Us : Active Humber

Laura Harris at North Yorkshire Sport covering North Yorkshire and York: Sports Welfare & Safeguarding – North Yorkshire Sport

Nicola Holmes, Douglas Blackwood and Measha Harris at Yorkshire Sport Foundation covering South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire: Sport Welfare Officers – Yorkshire Sport Foundation

Please get in touch with your local Sport Welfare Officer – they’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.

National Programme

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


The Sport Welfare Officers would like to invite you to a free online event where they will be discussing all things welfare in sport. 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





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