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DBS (formally CRB)

Please find all the DBS and safeguarding information for Welsh Triathlon members, clubs and coaches in the below FAQ's

What does Safeguarding mean?

Safeguarding is a relatively new term which is broader than 'child protection' as it also includes prevention. Safeguarding has been defined as:

  • All agencies working with children, young people and their families taking all reasonable measures to ensure that the risks of harm to children's welfare are minimised; and
  • Where there are concerns about children and young people's welfare, all agencies taking appropriate actions to address those concerns, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies.

Having safeguards in place within an organisation not only protects and promotes the welfare of children but also it enhances the confidence of trustees, staff, volunteers, parents/carers and the general public. Safeguarding children is beneficial to an organisation in many ways - protecting its reputation, helping to effectively meet its objectives and protecting its finances.

For the purposes of child protection legislation the term 'child' refers to anyone up to the age of 18 years.

Who needs to complete a DBS (formerly CRB) check?

A DBS check is just one way of making sure that you have the right people in place.

If you regularly work with Young children or Vulnerable Adults, you will need to be DBS checked. This is everyone who helps out in your club that has regular (More than three times a month is current legislation) contact with children.

All Welsh Triathlon DBS checks are done through British Triathlon. Therefore British Triathlon offer every volunteer a free Enhanced DBS Check. The process is quick and simple.

How do I apply for a DBS check?

To apply for a DBS check please email dbschecks@britishtriathlon.org

Can a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) verify the DBS form of a relative?

No. If this is the case the form should be verified by either the Club Chair or Secretary.

Who verifies the Club Safeguarding Officer's (CWO) DBS?

In this case the form should be verified by either the Club Chair or Secretary.

I already have a DBS disclosure with a different organisation, do I need to get another one through British Triathlon?

Yes. The British Triathlon policy is that to coach within a triathlon environment you need to undertake a DBS check through British Triathlon regardless if you have a disclosure elsewhere. Currently DBS disclosures are not portable.

How do I become a Club Welfare Officer for my club?

Please contact your Club Development Officer and you will be provided with all of the necessary information.

What should I do if I have a concern about the safety or welfare of a child?

You should carefully record all relevant facts and details and then report your concern to British or Welsh Triathlon via a Incident Report Form.   If a child tells you that they are being abused, you should listen carefully. Tell them that you will have to tell someone about the problem, and that you will try to see if someone can help.

Do not begin to ask detailed questions about the concern, and don't begin an investigation. You should report your concern to your Club Welfare Officer (CWO). If you need urgent advice, contact British Triathlon on 01509 226 161

What are my child protection responsibilities if I work with children?

You have a duty of care toward any children that you work with. This means that you must take reasonable steps to protect those children from harm.

To do this, you should ensure that you plan and carry out your activities in line with British Triathlon guidance. You should also ensure that any other adults involved in your activities are properly recruited and vetted.

If you work in a club, you should also encourage the club to put in place safeguarding measures to support all of the activities taking place at the club.

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