It is important to know key Safeguarding Contacts at Special Olympics GB so you can raise concerns and ask questions with the right people.
Below is an explanation of key Safeguarding roles at Special Olympics GB:
• Club/Region Safeguarding and Welfare Officer (SWO) - Nominated person acting on behalf of Special Olympics GB or network deliverer whose responsibility is to deal with athlete wellbeing/athlete protection/safeguarding matters at Region and Club level. SWO’s will liaise with Safeguarding staff at National Office and ensure they are kept informed of any and all safeguarding reports/concerns.
• Interim CEO, (Laura Baxter MBE) - responsible for Organisational Compliance with Safeguarding Policies and Procedures and also ensuring there is promotion of a positive culture of safeguarding across the organisation. In addition, Laura’s role is to ensure that the Network Development Manager (Safeguarding) is appropriately resourced to implement good safeguarding practice across the organisation.
• Network Development Manager Safeguarding (Adam Leathwood) - responsible for the oversight of Safeguarding policies and procedures, they are the strategic lead for Safeguarding for Special Olympics GB and also provide operational support and advice for safeguarding across the organisation.