Club Welfare Officer (CWO)

Our Club Welfare Officer here at Bishops Lydeard AFC is Dave Donohoe.

The purpose of the Club Welfare Officer (CWO) within any sporting arena is to ensure all children and young people associated with the club are provided with a safe environment in which to perform to their best ability.
As a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) for Bishops Lydeard AFC my main roles within the club are:

  • To act as the first point of contact when there are welfare/safety concerns about a child or young person
  • To work with club members to ensure that policies and procedures relevant to welfare issues are followed e.g. safeguarding children, anti-bullying, and equality
  • To encourage good practice throughout the club and ensure all club members play a proactive role in the RESPECT Programme and other initiatives
  • To ensure all adult members of the club who have regular contact with children hold a current CRC disclosure and where applicable also a safeguarding children certificate and First Aid
  • To deal with serious or repeated incidents of poor practice and liaise with the committee (and where necessary Youth League/County Welfare Officer) to reach a satisfactory resolution
  • To encourage coaches and team managers to create a positive environment by listening to their players thoughts, ideas and views

All children and young people have a right to be safe and to be treated with dignity and respect. If you have a concern or issue that needs to be addressed then please contact Dave Donohoe on