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Get involved with Colts - Welfare Officer voluntary role

04 Dec 2020

Welfare Officer

Voluntary Role - Club Welfare Team

Harpenden Colts now has over 1,200 registered players and over 300 coaches & volunteers. Maintaining the highest standards of coach training and safeguarding are integral parts of our Club’s philosophy and attainment of The FA’s Charter Standard Community Club status.

As the Club continues to grow, we are looking for two additional Welfare Officers to join our friendly and pro-active Club Welfare Team to assist us with welfare across several year groups, within either the Inclusive, Girls and/or Boys sections of the Club. The Club Welfare Team works alongside our Football Management Committee to ensure that players and volunteers are safe when playing football. Welfare is a key Club priority, and we strive to ensure that everyone involved in football at Colts feels comfortable and able to enjoy the game in a positive environment.

If you wish to join our 300 volunteers in providing a fun and safe football environment for our players, would be keen to train in safeguarding and are interested in child welfare issues but lack confidence in your football expertise, then this could be a great way to get involved! As a Welfare Officer working alongside and fully supported by the Club Welfare Officer, your role would be to:

  • Facilitate safe recruitment of volunteers by processing DBS checks for new and existing volunteers
  • Encourage members to follow the FA RESPECT Programme and FA Codes of Conduct
  • Refer any concerns about the welfare of a child to the Club Welfare Officer
  • Monitor repeated incidents of poor behaviour and refer to the Club Welfare Officer

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, then we would love to hear from you.  We are looking for someone with the following attributes:

  • Empathy when dealing with people
  • An ability to handle private and confidential information with integrity
  • Good communication skills
  • Common sense and a willingness to train and ask advice
  • Committed to working collaboratively within the FA’s designated persons network –
    FA safeguarding Team)
  • Experience of administration and computer skills would be useful

The Welfare Officer role is subject to the individual gaining an enhanced DBS check. You would then receive all necessary safeguarding training paid for by the Club which includes completing the FA Club Welfare Officer and FA Safeguarding Children workshops (each workshop is 3 hours in duration).

If you would like to know more about this role, please contact Liz Attenborough, Club Welfare Officer on 07930 865205 or by email: childwelfare@harpendencolts.com by 16th December, who will be happy to discuss a Welfare Officer’s responsibilities in detail and answer any questions you have regarding the time required to undertake this role.

Best wishes and many thanks,
Harpenden Colts Club Welfare Team