Club Safeguarding and Welfare

Please be aware that UK Athletics and the four Home Country Athletics Federations are currently implementing change within this area of work as recommended by the UK Athletics safeguarding review. Over the coming months the policies and procedures will be subject to change as will the links and attachments on the England Athletics and UK Athletics website. If you have any questions, please contact

Please click here for an update on the UK Athletics safeguarding review.

Welfare covers a range of issues such as safeguarding and protecting children, anti-bullying, poor practice in coaching and disciplinary 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 England Athletics, clubs and associations meet their statutory responsibilities to safeguard and protect children and adults.

Welfare is essential to contribute to good practice within athletics, develop performance and to ensure the safety and enjoyment of athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers.  England Athletics recommend that Clubs should work through the England Athletics Club Welfare Framework and ensure they are compliant with all areas.  The framework can be found in the resource section of the website.

It is everyone’s responsibility to protect the welfare of all those who participate in athletics

Useful contacts

  • Advice and support regarding Club and Athlete Compliance and Wellbeing matters can be obtained by contacting Emma Davenport – England Athletics Head of Clubs and Participation or call 07967 317341.
  • Advice and support regarding Safeguarding/Child Protection concerns or UKA Licensed Coach/Official concerns can be obtained by contacting Angus Macdonald or call 07920 532552.
  • Advice and support regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) enquiries can be obtained by contacting Laura Mottershead – UKA Welfare Administrator or call 0121 713 8450 (option 1).