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Safeguarding and Welfare

Safeguarding The Hockey Family

Swindon Hockey Club works closely with Hockey England to protect the welfare of all its members by following the guidelines set out in this section. We are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and encouraging environment for all the young people involved with our club.

All parents, club officers, coaches and any club volunteers over the age of 18 who have contact with junior players (under the age of 18) must be familiar with and agree to our policies regarding safeguarding.

The SHC Safeguarding and Protecting Young People Commitment can be found here.

Please contact Alli Roberts, our Swindon Hockey Club Welfare Officer, with any questions you may have about safeguarding. Email

Information for all

The England Hockey SafeD programme offers user-friendly support across a range of subjects. It is designed to provide the Hockey Family with expert advice on how to create an environment that is young-people focused while minimising risk and maximising enjoyment for all involved.

The club policies can be found either by clicking the links below, or referring to the England Hockey SafeD Policy Templates, also shown below.

Section 1: Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Hockey Policy
Section 2: Recognising Poor Practice and Abuse
Section 3: Reporting Procedures
Section 4: Useful Contacts
Parent/Legal Guardian Information and Guidance Template

Full details of the England Hockey SafeD guidance documents can be found using this link and include:

• Good Practice
• Anti-bullying
• Social Media
• Junior in Senior Teams
• WhatsApp: Guidance for its use
• Photography

There is also a selection of England Hockey SafeD templates:

• 1 Club Safeguarding Commitment
• 2 Safeguarding Referral Form
• 3 Application form for positions working with young people
• 4 Role Acceptance form
• 5 Reference form for positions working with young people
• 6 Photo consent form for clubs
• 7 Photo consent form for events
• 8 Role description for welfare officers
• 9 Parent Guide
• 10 Young Person Handout
• 11 Recruitment Guide
• 12 Incident/Accident Reporting Form

Information for Club Officers and Helpers

If you are a coach, assistant coach, team manager, committee or management team member, captain or vice captain of any team or any type of volunteer who has regular contact with anyone under 18 you must get a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

Our DBS Liaison Officer, Alli Roberts (email can help guide you through the DBS process. You will need to provide your personal details and 3 forms of ID to confirm your identity. The documents accepted can be found here.

Please note that a DBS is specific to the organisation for which you are having it done - if you have a DBS from another organisation, you will still need one for Swindon Hockey Club. Each setting must have their own DBS check/certificate.

Where next?

Welfare Reporting Procedures Our club Welfare Officer is Alli Roberts. Email Henry is t