Welfare

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults

Welfare – it is the responsibility of our whole club

We believe that taking part in our club’s activities can help our members to:

  • Be healthy;
  • Enjoy and achieve;
  • Make a positive contribution;
  • Achieve wellbeing; and
  • Stay safe.

These are the five outcomes set out by the government through its Every Child Matters programme and which are given legal force in the Children Act (2004). At Durham City Harriers (DCH), we aim to create an environment where everyone involved in our club feels safe and secure to enable them to achieve their potential.

Welfare covers a range of issues such as safeguarding and protecting children, anti-bullying, equity, poor practice in coaching and disciplinary and grievances matters. Our welfare policy sets out how we seek to ensure the safety and enjoyment of athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers. We believe that all children and vulnerable adults have the right to be protected from harm and abuse.

Durham City Harriers has adopted in full the principles and policy guidance relating to safeguarding children created by England Athletics, making it specific to the activities and functioning of our club. We understand our role in protecting children within the context of local area safeguarding boards, as set out in the national guidance document, Working Together to Safeguard Children (2010) The club’s welfare policy can be downloaded below, and should be read in conjunction with our Club Codes of Conduct which are an integral part of how we work as a club to promote the welfare of our members.

Download Durham City Harriers’ Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy here

Club Welfare Officers

The following persons are the club welfare officers and can be contacted with reference to welfare issues by meeting them directly or by e-mail at the following addresses.

Simon Hackett    simon@durhamcityharriers.org.uk

Jacqui Hodgson   jacqui@durhamcityharriers.org.uk