Safeguarding is something that I believe passionately in, after all, is there anything more important?
I have held a number of roles over the years, both in paid employment and as a volunteer.
I am currently the safeguarding officer for the East Midlands Archery Society, a position that I have held since 1st July 2019.
In November 2023 I became a White Ribbon UK champion – the role is to support the work, helping to engage with men and work within communities. Women who are champions are an essential part of White Ribbon, ensuring that the voices of women, especially survivors of violence and abuse, are heard.
Whilst doing the required safeguarding requirements set out by Archery GB, my day job sees me being level 2 police vetted, which exceeds the usual DBS checking I already hold.
As it has long since been an area that I continually seek personal development in to allow me to support those who need it, I constantly look to update my knowledge in areas and topics of learning to help me.
The courses that I have completed include:
Open university – Introduction to counselling
Further Education Colleges:
Level 2 certificate in Equality and Diversity
Level 2 certificate in understanding nutrition and health
Level 2 certificate in understanding children and young people’s health
Level 2 certificate in Self Harm and Suicide Awareness and Prevention
safeguarding and protecting Children – most recent renewal 12/11/22
certificate of sudden cardiac arrest
Duty to care digital badge – renewed and updated Spring 2023
Welfare Officer Training: Time to Listen – 4/9/23
Mind – mental health awareness for sport and physical activity
Home Office – Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma
The Ann Craft Trust – Essential Training Safeguarding Adults in Sport and Activity (England)
Reactivate and Sport England – COVID awareness training
Archery GB – empowering archery
Child protection: an introduction
Managing Safer Online Communities
Keeping children safe online
Safer recruitment for those in non-education settings
Exercise and mental health
Supporting children and young people’s well-being
Critical Bleed First Aid Training
Level 2 Team Teach certified
It is my pledge to help create a safe environment for everyone to take part in our sport and in order to do this I will make myself accessible for those with safeguarding concerns and continue to ensure my own knowledge development.
It doesn’t end there I am currently studying a level 3 and a level 4 qualification and continuously looking at where I can improve my knowledge. We always have capacity to improve our knowledge and skills.