Welfare Officer Training (Time to Listen)

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Welfare Officer Training (Time to Listen)

Welfare Officer Training (Time to Listen)

Time to Listen is now called Welfare Officer Training.

This fresh new workshop has been developed in partnership with UK Coaching, the NSPCC, and the Child protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).

Every child deserves to enjoy their gymnastics in a safe and supportive environment, and to feel heard, understood, and valued. On this workshop, you will learn how you can support, empower, and safeguard children participating in gymnastics in your capacity as a welfare officer.

This interactive virtual workshop will give you an essential understanding of what is required of welfare officers. This includes the responsibility for managing and reporting concerns about children and putting into place procedures to safeguard children. This workshop ensures you have the practical knowledge required to take a child-focused approach and excel in the role.

You will also learn about the importance of building relationships and trust with key people that you’ll work with to safeguard children effectively.

Through interactive scenarios, you will also practise your decision-making in a safe and supportive environment, enabling you to explore some possible consequences of your decisions. This will help to prepare you to act in similar scenarios as a welfare officer, giving you crucial confidence in your ability to act in each child’s best interest.

At British Gymnastics we want to create positive experiences for all and ensure that the gymnasts are at the heart of our sport. Providing education on this topic is critical to support you in achieving this within your role.  Book your place on the workshop today to develop your skills and support your growth as a great child-focused welfare officer.

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Who is this Aimed at:

Current or newly appointed Club Welfare Officers who are 18 years old or over.

Club Managers may wish to complete this learning so that they are aware of the practices and policies British Gymnastics advocate in relation to safeguarding.

What To Expect:

An interactive virtual workshop allowing for collaboration with others, sharing of good practice and development of your understanding of current safeguarding policies and procedures.  This workshop consists of 3 sections:

- The role of a welfare officer
- Developing a proactive safeguarding culture
- Reporting concerns

Delivery Method:

Tutor-led virtual workshop.


3 hours.

What Resources Are Included:

Available from BG Academy:
- Effective Safeguarding Checklist
- Developing your network


By the end of this awareness module, we want Welfare Officers to understand:

- What a Welfare Officer does
- How a Welfare Officer works with others to create a child-centered environment
- How the role of the Welfare Officer fits into the wider safeguarding environment
- How safeguarding fits into the wider culture of British Gymnastics
- How to respond to and report concerns
- How to support coaches and protect themselves


BG Member: £45

Non-member: £87

Pre Requisites:

You must be 18 years old on the day of the course.

We recommend that welfare officers attend a Safeguarding and Protecting Children course before attending this training. It is recommended that active welfare officers attend training every three years.

Assessment Method:

There is no formal assessment for this course.

How Long Until I Am Fully Qualified:

Certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the course.

We will have received a copy of your Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) certificate before issuing your Time to Listen certificate of attendance.

When Is My Assessment:

Not applicable to this course.

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