Safeguarding and Welfare

Southend Hockey Club believes that all our members, including young people, have the right to be safe and enjoy their involvement in hockey.

Our Southend Hockey Club Safeguarding policy has been updated to reflect current legislation and best practice guidance, and encompasses the below policies for our Club members, coaches, umpires, parents and spectators, in partnership with The Hockey Family (all individuals, clubs, county and regional associations, leagues and other organisations involved in any capacity in the game of hockey, and whether or not they are members of England Hockey):

Welfare Officer

Season 2020/21

Everyone in hockey has a responsibility to safeguard and protect young people. The key role of the Welfare Officer is to support Southend Hockey Club to promote good safeguarding practice across the organisation, to be the named point of contact for all members of the Hockey Family, to implement England Hockey’s Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Hockey Policy & Procedures where a concern has been raised.

Our Club Welfare Officer is Michael Walsh (known throughout the club as Mickey Walsh).

Michael has been a member of Southend Hockey Club since 1993 and has held many committee posts in the past including Youth Development Officer.

Michael is a primary school Headteacher so is very familiar with the procedures surrounding the safeguarding of young people.

Should you have a concern or complaint about the welfare of a minor at the hockey club or the conduct of a player or official it is your duty to report this to Michael.

Leadership Policy

This document has been created to help keep leaders** in the Club up to date and in line with our Club Safeguarding and Welfare Policy 2018, current legislation and best practice guidance.

** any person with responsibility within the Club, for example but not limited to:


To secure a sufficient awareness and understanding of safeguarding and welfare for our Club members, all leaders within our Club should complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and the England Hockey online Safeguarding training. A digital copy of both certificates should be sent to the DBS Liaison Officer to record & update your training records. This certification is valid for three years, furthermore it is important to keep familiar and up to date with our Club policy (here).

Training matrix

Our Club is required to provide appropriate education and training to all those people who work with young people in hockey, including the Welfare Officer, DBS Liaison Officer and all coaches:

Coaches are also required to have an up-to-date first aid certificate.

England Hockey SafeD Policy

Linked guidance to SafeD

Recruitment of persons working with young people

All roles within the Club must have a description with the appropriate pre-requisites and qualifications required to ensure the volunteer and/or self-employed person keeps within current legislation and Club rules regarding the safeguarding and wellbeing of others.


Any incidents, accidents and injuries should be reported to the Welfare officer to be centrally recorded and evaluated through a risk assessment by the Committee to ensure the Club is meeting its duty of care and mitigating any potential high risk.

For the attention of the Welfare Officer

In the event that you need to report a concern or for any safeguarding queries contact the Safeguarding Team:

Alison Hogg – to report a safeguarding concern
Phone: 01628 897500

Stuart Thomas - Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) queries
Phone: 01628 897516

For general safeguarding enquiries