Athlete Welfare


At St Helens Sutton our aim is to provide all our members, guests and volunteers with the best possible experience and opportunities in sport within a safe and supportive environment.

As a club, our Safeguarding policies are in place to keep children and vulnerable adults safe, and to prevent harm from occurring from neglect, exploitation or abuse.

Dont keep it to yourself (1 page summary of help and advice from the Child Protection in Sport Unit – UK Athletics)

All suspicions and allegations of abuse against young or vulnerable adults will be responded to, and followed up appropriately in accordance with our Safeguarding policies and local area or statutory guidelines.

Most of our Run Leaders and all our coaching team are qualified in their field, and hold a fully enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (which has replaced the CRB check).

St Helens Sutton is affiliated to UK Athletics and we have adopted the policies as laid down by the UK Athletics (UKA) 2013, see below :


Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (6 page policy document published by UK Athletics)
Safeguarding Children (23 page policy document published by UK Athletics)


Notes for Coaches and Run Leaders

As Coaches and Run Leaders we need to demonstrate best practice in safeguarding. The following document provides a clear summary of our legal and moral obligations, and advice on how to report a safeguarding issue.

Safeguarding (2 page summary of Safeguarding) Reporting Safeguarding Issues

Reporting flowcharts & procedure



St Helens Sutton Welfare Officers

We currently have vacancies for Club Welfare Officers, if you can offer support (even on a temporary basis) please get in touch. The welfare officers duties are summarised in this link – Welfare Officer Duties and Responsiblities.
The Welfare Officer’s role in safeguarding is to ensure that appropriate action is taken if there is a disclosure.

Welfare Officers have to complete UKA-approved training in safeguarding and to help ensure that best practice in reporting is followed.
Consent Form
Safeguarding Referral Form
Childrens’ Social Services Contacts


UKA Welfare Contacts

St Helens Sutton is affiliated to UK Athletics (UKA) and has access to their expertise and assistance where necessary.

The Welfare Team of UKA are available to offer help and advice. As at November 2014 the team comprises:

David Brown Email Telephone: 0161 223 4246, Fax 0161 223 5588.
Jane Fylan Email Telephone: 0161 223 4246, Fax 0161 223 5588.
Kysha Ferguson Email Telephone 0161 223 4246 Fax 0161 223 5588.

Postal address: Athletics Welfare, Po Box 332, Sale. M33 6XL

Further details of UKA policies, guidance and contacts can be found on the UK Athletics website: Guidance Documents and Resources


Local Authority Contacts

Safeguarding, Contact Numbers for Referrals

St.Helens Council Contact Centre 01744 676600 (9.00am to 5.00pm – Monday to Friday)
or Emergency Duty Team (EDT) 0845 0500 148 (outside of the above hours)

Warrington and Halton

Telephone 01925-444 239 Mon-Fri 0830-1700
Telephone 01925-444 400 Out of hours including Bank Holidays