Dragons Running Club (Leeds) has two dedicated Club Welfare Officers, Charli Briggs (Lead Welfare Officer) and Russ Hartley. As well as having a personal interest in the welfare of members, both Charli and Russ have completed the England Athletics (EA) Safeguarding in Athletics course and will soon be completing the Adult Welfare course.

Charli Briggs – Lead Welfare Officer

Russ Hartley – Welfare Officer

The Club Welfare Officer Role

The responsibilities of the role include:

  • Implementing an effective Adult Safeguarding Policy and Adult Safeguarding Procedures and keeping them up to date
  • Promoting safeguarding at the club and encouraging good practice
  • Responding appropriately to safeguarding concerns
  • Regularly reporting to the club’s committee on safeguarding matters
  • Ensuring that members who are working with adults at risk are recruited safely and in line with legal requirements
  • Maintaining records of club coaches’ and leaders’ licences and DBS checks
  • Making sure that members are aware of:
    • How to contact the Club Welfare Officers
    • The codes of conduct for working with adults at risk
    • How to respond to safeguarding concerns
  • Dealing effectively with breaches of the codes of conduct, poor practice, or allegations of abuse
  • Keeping up to date with developments in safeguarding
  • Attending the relevant safeguarding courses for the role of Club Welfare Officer
  • Completing a criminal record check through the relevant Home Country procedures
  • Maintaining confidential records of reported safeguarding concerns and action taken
  • Liaising with the HCAF Welfare Officers and/or statutory agencies if/when required

Please note that the Club Welfare Officers are unable to offer counselling or to discuss matters that are not related to Dragons Running Club (Leeds).

Raising a Concern and Confidentiality

Any Dragons member can raise a concern about the safety of themselves or another member of the Club with either of our Club Welfare Officers. 

There are a number of ways in which you can contact them.

  1. Dragons Dialogue (see below)
  1. By email: welfare@dragonsrunning.co.uk

Our Club Welfare Officers will handle your matter confidentially and with sensitivity in accordance with the UK Athletics and England Athletics Safeguarding Procedures (https://www.englandathletics.org/clubhub/resource/adult-safeguarding-procedures/). 

Dragons Dialogue

Dragons Dialogue is a monthly meetup where Charli and/or Russ will meet with members at our home venue, Yeadon Cricket Club, at 7pm on the first Tuesday of every month.  There will be a short walk around Yeadon Tarn (in summer months) followed by a social drink in the club house where all members are welcome to join us and discuss matters relating to (but not limited to):

  • Something/someone that has made you feel uncomfortable 
  • Feeling involved with the club even when you are unable to run
  • Planning your next running goals in a safe space (Russ is UKA Level 2 Endurance Coach qualified)