As part of UKA’s Welfare Policy, which England Athletics also adopt, there are a range of supporting guidance documents and resources that might be useful to clubs that can also be downloaded from the menu on the right hand side of this page.
Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct templates can be adopted by clubs or adapted as necessary to meet their needs. The Code of Conduct templates cover athletes, coaches, officials, parents, clubs and sports therapists. All templates can be found on the Club Matters website
We have provided a template anti-bullying policy which clubs can adapt and adopt for their own use as necessary. The policy is produced by Kidscape.
Volunteer recruitment form
Clubs are advised that it is good practice to ask volunteers to complete a volunteer recruitment form and to obtain references for all club volunteers. This form should be used especially for volunteers where they may not require a DBS check but it is important for the club to verify their background. The form can also be used for volunteers who are under 18 years old and therefore cannot be subject to DBS checks.
Compliance & wellbeing within an athletics or running club
Within an athletics or running club ALL club officers and committee members have a responsibility to uphold the UKA and England Athletics’ welfare policies and procedures, to adhere to good practice and to respond to any suspected breaches. It is strongly recommended that every athletics or running club appoints at least one Welfare Officer (preferably two – one male and one female).
The Welfare Officer’s role is to advise and support the club officers and committee to implement UKA and England Athletics’ welfare policies and procedures. They are required to respond to any concerns regarding child protection and to ensure that all coaches/ officials/ volunteers have completed DBS and Independent Safeguarding Authority checks as required.
The Welfare Officer should have attended Safeguarding and Protecting Children Training and Time to Listen Training for Club Welfare Officers within the last 3 years. Information about this training and advice, support and information about the compliance and wellbeing responsibilities of athletics clubs and Welfare Officers can be obtained from the England Athletics Athlete and Club Compliance & Wellbeing Manager.
Photography & video
Guidance on photography at athletics events is available from the British Athletics website. This covers, but is not limited to, photographs and video images of children and young people under the age of 18.
To access these resources please see www.uka.org.uk/governance/policies/use-of-photographic-video-images-of-children-young-people-under-the-age-of-18.
This page also offers advice and guidance on other related matters as well as offering resources such as consent forms, photography day pass and club policy statement document templates which clubs and competition providers can utilise.
Information sharing protocol
England Athletics recognises the importance of sharing information appropriately in the interests of protecting children from harm. In line with good practice, England Athletics has adopted an Information Sharing Protocol based on the protocol drawn up by the Child Protection in Sport Unit. The purpose of the protocol is to provide a framework within which England Athletics, other sports organisations, statutory bodies and relevant others can share information appropriately. The protocol clarifies the principles upon which information will be shared, how it will be shared, with whom and for what purposes. Any queries regarding the Information Sharing Protocol should be addressed to the England Athletics Athlete and Club Compliance & Wellbeing Manager.
Information in different formats
If you require any information or documents from this page in a different language or format e.g. large print please contact Jane Fylan at email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 713 8450 (option 1).