About England Athletics Welfare

About England Athletics Welfare

Welfare - it is everyone's responsibility

Athletics is about running, jumping and throwing as fast, as high and as far as you can. England Athletics aims to create an environment where everyone involved in athletics feels safe and secure to enable them to achieve their potential – to run, jump and throw, to coach, officiate or to support those who do.

Welfare - what it means

Welfare covers a range of issues such as safeguarding and protecting children, anti-bullying, equity, poor practice in coaching and disciplinary and grievances matters. It encompasses policies and procedures to set out minimum standards of expectations, such as codes of conduct, procedures to follow for dealing with child protection concerns, other welfare issues or complaints, and to ensure that EA, clubs and associations meet their statutory responsibilities to safeguard and protect children. Welfare is essential to contribute to good practice within the sport, develop performance and to ensure the safety and enjoyment of athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers. England Athletics believe that all children have the right to be protected from abuse.

It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the welfare of all those who participate in athletics.
England Athletics has been working in partnership with UKA and the home countries to review and update the Welfare Policy for Athletics. The new policy has been approved by the boards of EA, UKA and the other home countries and can be downloaded from here now. There are also some Child Protection Referral forms which should be used by clubs to record and report any concerns that they may have.

Advice and support regarding any welfare issues can be obtained by contacting the England Athletics Welfare Officer who is Jane Fylan at jfylan@uka.org.uk or call on 0161 223 4246.