New Sport Welfare Roles to Support Local Clubs Across Devon

Two new sport welfare roles have been created at Active Devon to support the work of local club welfare officers, helping to promote good practice and safe sport for children, young people and adults across our county.

Jason Wood and Nick Cull are actively looking to engage with local clubs across Devon to understand their specific welfare and safeguarding needs and explore ways that they can provide the additional support needed.

They are part of an England-wide network of Sport Welfare Officers which has been funded by Sport England, to add capacity and expertise and to support the existing safeguarding work of National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and their local clubs. All Active Partnerships (of which Active Devon is one of 43 nationally) are involved, with the Active Partnership Network providing a central role to help with collaboration, sharing of ideas and resources.

The officers will help develop further understanding of safeguarding in local clubs for those working and volunteering, such as how policies and procedures are communicated, and help to share good practice, bringing people from different sports together. They will work closely to connect people working on welfare and safeguarding, both inside and outside sport.

Hannah Worth, Director and lead for Communities said:

“We are delighted to see this expansion to our safeguarding and welfare support work with the addition of Nick and Jason’s new roles. It is essential that activity and sport offers are safe and inclusive for all our communities in Devon, and we are so pleased to be able to do even more in this space.

We know that after initial training to become a safeguarding or welfare officer within a club it can be quite a static and sometimes isolated position. Our aim is to create networks of support, advice and guidance with this work to ensure safer, and more positive experiences for children and adults taking part in sport and activity across the county.

This work will sit alongside, but be distinctive from, our current safeguarding role where any concerns or issues can be raised and investigated. Nick and Jason’s work aims to be preventative, upstream and supportive for sports clubs, and the wider sport and physical activity system.”

If you are part of a club or organisation and would like to have a chat with Nick and Jason, to see how they can help you, please contact them directly. For Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, Torbay, and Teignbridge areas please email nick.cull@activedevon.org. For Exeter, North Devon, Torridge, Mid and East Devon areas, please email jason.wood@activedevon.org.