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Safeguarding and Welfare

Everyone in Athletics has a part to play in safeguarding children and adults at risk, Welsh Athletics aims to create an environment where everyone involved in athletics feels safe and secure to enable them to achieve their potential – to run, jump and throw, to coach, officiate or to support those who do.

James Williams, CEO

Who to contact with a Safeguarding Concern:

IF YOUR CONCERN IS URGENT (immediate harm to a child or adult at risk), please contact the police by dialing 999 or 101.

If there are welfare concerns, about a child or adult at risk, not immediate danger contact social services. Use the local authority finder for relevant social services.

The Wales Safeguarding Procedures provides details on Child Protection, Adult at Risk policies and procedures in Wales.

Sue Wilson is the UKA Lead Safeguarding Officer and all safeguarding concerns relating to children or adults at risk are reported in the UKA Safeguarding Team in the first instance. 

If you wish to report a safeguarding concern to UKA use the referral platform:

Carl Williams is the Welsh Athletics Safeguarding and Compliance Officer, if you have any queries or would like to discuss any issues, please contact him via e-mail at or by telephone on 07792 242153

Policies and Procedures 

Mandatory Training - First Aid Guidance

If you have any other queries please contact


Prior to booking on to the Club Welfare Officer Time to Listen course all Club Welfare officers must first complete the Safeguarding in Athletics Online Modules. The course cost is £10. Book the course here.

Welsh Athletics are providing Club Welfare Officer Time to Listen courses, see available dates below:

Please ensure that if you have a new Club welfare officer, or if your Club welfare officer has not completed the course, that they book on as this is a required part of affiliation.

The online course will be carried out in a Virtual Classroom setting and is aimed at all nominated Club Welfare Officers. The cost of the course is £35.

This course will provide Club Welfare Officers with extensive safeguarding training to assist them with undertaking their role within an Athletics setting. There will be an opportunity to consider your role and responsibilities within an Athletics, sporting context and ensure that you are familiar with sport-specific reporting processes that apply to the sport, this is vital information whilst occupying the role.

Whilst Welsh Athletics appreciates that some Club Welfare Officers will be trained and experienced in Child Protection/Safeguarding/Adults at Risk and issues from other sectors such as education or health, WA have decided to opt for consistency across Wales to ensure that all our Club Welfare Officers have attended the same level of training as a minimum. This is set out in the mandatory Club Standards upon club affiliation.

We are committed to a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to safeguarding and we thank our clubs and club welfare officers for supporting this approach too, to ensure our club environments and our sport is as safe as possible in Wales.










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