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Drake Judo Club has a full and expansive safeguarding & welfare policy program to protect children and adults.


A message from Drake Judo Club Welfare and Safeguarding officer Cheryl Sutherland.


Why is it important to have a Welfare officer?  and what does a Welfare Officer do?''


''All sports have a responsibility to ensure they provide a safe and fun environment for children and young people.

Through the Every Child Matters: Change for Children programme, the government makes it very clear that sport has to put safeguards in place. Judo, along with other sports such as Football, cricket, rugby and swimming - to name but a few - believe the best way to do this is to appoint a Welfare Officer''


''For more information on what is expected of sport in terms of safeguarding children, go to or to'' 

''So, what does a Welfare Officer do?''

''Welfare Officers have two key roles:

Be informed and aware of the club’s responsibilities when running Judo activities for children and young people. 

For example:
* ensuring these responsibilities are well understood by others
* developing best practice processes.

* helping club personnel understand their ‘duty of care’ towards children and young people. For example:
* ensuring all relevant people complete The BJA’s ‘Safeguarding Children’ training programme

* helping to make sure trips away are organised properly * managing the roll out of BJA DBS checks. 

''If you have anything you wish to discuss please feel free to approach me at any training session or ask a coach for me to contact you, alternatively i can be contacted on 07586335552 - if there is no answer please leave me a short message with your
contact number and I will get back to you asap, any contact or subsequent conversations or contact will be treated in
the strictest of confidentiality''


I hope this has helped you better understand my role and the role of welfare within our club, Go Drake!


Equity Officer





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Drake Judo Club also have an Equity Officer, Ruth Morgan

The purpose of an equity officer is to ensure that equity, equality and equal opportunity is established, maintained and fostered throughout the club including:-

  • promote and demonstrate anti-discriminatory practice

  • share guidance and guidance in all areas of equality

  • assess community needs (liaising with community groups and Local Authority) – in terms of issues such as disability, impairment and gender – and guide the club so it can provide appropriate sporting opportunities for its community

  • promote changes within the club to provide greater accessibility, opportunity and equity

  • respond to and report any incidents of discrimination, following the club’s Equity Policy and that of the national governing body / British Judo Association

  • maintain up to date knowledge of anti-discriminatory legislation and of National Governing Body / Sport England guidance regarding equity best practice

  • present reports and recommendations to the Club Committee

  • lead on the coordination of equity training for volunteers and staff

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