February 17th, 2017

THE Welsh Sports Association (WSA) has announced that it has expanded its safeguarding services package with the addition of the ‘Time to Listen’ workshops.

The initiative, which was set up by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), has been designed to equip appointed welfare officers in sports clubs across the UK to be able to confidently safeguard and protect children against abuse.

The announcement further highlights the WSA’s commitment to protecting children across Wales who are engaged in sport and physical activity.

WSA already has a DBS checking service with more than 100 organisations signed up and the WSA is also the only organisation to host the ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ online renewal in Wales; a workshop that has been specifically designed for the volunteer sporting workforce.

Victoria Ward, General Manager for the Welsh Sports Association, said:

“We are delighted to have been appointed by the CPSU to deliver the ‘Time to Listen’ workshop and expand our club welfare training package. We want to make sport a safer place for children at all levels across Wales and this announcement shows that we are fully committed to making this vision a reality.”

Anne Tiivas, Director for the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit, said:

“The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit is pleased to have partnered with the Welsh Sports Association to run Time to Listen multi-sport training across Wales. The partnership will allow training for club welfare officers to be accessed right across Wales and by far more people than ever before. The NSPCC would like to thank the WSA for their ongoing support with helping to make sport safer for children and young people.”

WSA is running ‘Time to Listen’ courses across Wales. If you are interested in you booking your spot, visit https://wsa.wales/events/

(Time to Listen is a three hour workshop for Club Welfare Officers (CWO). CWOs must have attended a Safeguarding & Protecting Children workshop previously.)
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Issued by Effective Communication – for further details, contact Lydia on lwhitfield@effcom.co.uk or 029 2083 8315

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