The role of the Club Safeguarding Officer is crucial in ensuring that the Motorsport UK Safeguarding Policy and Implementation Procedures work in practice.
They act as the first point of contact for anyone in the club (staff, volunteer, parents or children) who has a concern about a child and about poor practice/possible abuse by adults working with children. The Safeguarding Officer therefore needs to be perceived as being approachable and as having a child-focussed approach.
The Child Safeguarding Officer does not need to be a child safeguarding ‘expert’. That is the role of the statutory agencies (Police and Social Services). Ideally, they should have a background in working with children such as teachers, child-minders, social workers, Police child protection team officers, child health workers.
When required, the Motorsport UK organises Club Safeguarding Officer training evenings to ensure that all those fulfilling this role are aware of current legislation and their part in ensuring a safe environment at motor sport events.