Compliance & Wellbeing

Compliance and wellbeing – it is everyone’s responsibility

England Athletics aims to create an environment where everyone involved in athletics and running 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.

It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of all those who participate in athletics and running.

Compliance and wellbeing – what it means

Compliance and Wellbeing covers a range of issues such as safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults, 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 compliance issues or complaints and to ensure that England Athletics, clubs and associations meet their statutory responsibilities to safeguard and protect children and vulnerable adults.

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 and vulnerable adults have the right to be protected from abuse.

Useful contacts

  • Advice and support regarding Club and Athlete Compliance and Wellbeing matters can be obtained by contacting Jane Fylan – England Athletics Athlete & Club Compliance & Wellbeing Manager or call 0121 713 8450 (option 3).
  • Advice and support regarding Safeguarding/Child Protection concerns or UKA Licensed Coach/Official concerns can be obtained by contacting David Brown CBE – UKA Lead Safeguarding Officer or call 0121 713 8450 (option 2).
  • 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).

Club Welfare Roles & Responsibilities

You can read more about the key roles and responsibilities within an affiliated club, including those held by Club Welfare Officers.

Club safeguarding and disciplinary processes & reporting flowcharts


England Athletics and UKA have adopted the same Whistleblowing Policy, this can be accessed at

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