Ensuring the Safeguarding Policy and Implementation Procedures work in practice
Club Safeguarding Officer
The role of the Club Safeguarding Officer is crucial in ensuring that the Motorsport UK Safeguarding Policies and Procedures are embedded throughout the sport and work in practice.
They act as the first point of contact for anyone in the club or who attend an event (staff, volunteer, parents, children, spectators, competitors and their support teams) 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/adult at risk-focused approach.
The Club Safeguarding Officer does not need to be a safeguarding ‘expert’. That is the role of the statutory agencies (Police and Social Services). Ideally, they should have a background in working with children or vulnerable groups 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 motorsport events.
For more information on how to become a Motorsport UK Club Safeguarding Officer please email firstname.lastname@example.org