Tim Brookes works as an Analyst in the City, and is a long-standing adult member of the club. He acts in a volunteer capacity as Club Welfare Officer, specifically in relation to child welfare. Tim can be contacted via email (welfare queries only).
His focus is to act as alternative point of contact to the Club Managers, should you have any concerns you wish to discuss - specifically in relation to child welfare. (Other topics should still be discussed with Club Managers).
Regrettably, abuse can occur anywhere there are children - at home, at school, in the park, at a sports club. Sadly, there are some people who will seek to be where children are simply in order to abuse them. We believe that everyone in fencing has a part to play in looking after the welfare of children. Everyone in fencing - administrator, club official, coach, parent, friend, children themselves - can help. We are mindful of two main principles:
• A child’s welfare is the FIRST consideration
• All children, regardless of age, any disability they have, gender, racial origin, religious belief and sexual identity HAVE A RIGHT to be protected from abuse.
Tim will support anyone who, in good faith, reports his or her concerns that a child is at risk of, or may actually be, being abused. We hope this situation never arises at the club, but he should be your first point of contact should you have any concerns. He has unertaken appropriate safeguarding and protecting children training, and is able to seek advice direct from British Fencing as needed.
In the interests of best practice, and following guidance from British Fencing, we have now also adopted a Code of Conduct for Parents and Guardians. This supplements our Code of Conduct for Coaches, and other policies. We ask all parents/guardians to read and sign the document.
British Fencing also has an Equality and Safeguarding Manager, Liz Behnke, who can be contacted by email or by phone on 07717 740 125. If you are in doubt as to whether your concern is serious, please contact her for advice.