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South West - Regional Welfare & Governance Officer

Swim England

Swim England is the national governing body for swimming, diving, water polo, open water swimming, and synchronised swimming in England. It forms part of British Swimming, a federation of the national governing bodies of England, Scotland, and Wales.

2 May 2024
Part Time
Closing date
26 May 2024

We are seeking a Welfare & Governance Officer to join the South West Region on an initial 12 month contract, working 30 hours per week. The purpose of the role is to support and oversee Welfare, Governance and relevant training with the South West Region for staff and volunteers across all counties and clubs.

The role will be predominantly home based but involve some regional and national travel and there will also be the requirement to attend occasional team meetings where required. These meetings can sometimes be in the evenings or weekends.

Reporting to the Regional Chair the roles responsibilities will include:

  • Reporting and working with the National safeguarding team in accordance with Wavepower on regional welfare matters and investigations.
  • Act as an independent contact with regard to welfare matters in the region.
  • Attend safeguarding / welfare meetings, working groups as directed by line manager maintaining the strictest confidentiality at all time.
  • Champion and maintain up to date knowledge of relevant policies, procedures, guidance and legislation.
  • To lead an established Regional Club Welfare Officers forum and provide direct support and relevant communication to county and club welfare officers.

If you are looking to wake up every day with a passion for making a difference then this could be your next role!

We are committed to recruiting candidates who share this commitment to safeguarding, and therefore we apply robust recruitment and selection procedures to ensure that the people selected are right for the job, and that all candidates are appropriately screened prior to appointment.

To find out more about the role, download the full Job Description and Person Specification document.

In order to be shortlisted for the next stage in the process you must demonstrate within your application how you meet the following essential criteria:

Experience in a similar role
Experience of working with volunteers or voluntary organisations
Experience of Welfare and Governance in Sport, in particular at community and grassroots level
Experience of identifying and assessing risk in a safeguarding and welfare context and managing low level investigations
Proven ability in following procedures and policies
Knowledge of and experience of writing reports


Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
A strong understanding of governance and confidentiality
Excellent IT, literacy and numeracy skills
Strives to champion inclusivity, equality and best practice
Excellent decision making ability around risks to children and adults
Experience of responding appropriately to a child welfare complaint and / or disclosure, considering the circumstances, audience and situation
A level of experience and/or knowledge in relation to general safeguarding processes
Able to work well under pressure, independently and as part of a team

The successful applicant must also be willing to undertake an enhanced DBS check. If you feel you have the suitable skills and attributes for this position then we would like to hear from you.

Additional Information

Part Time
Job Type
Legal, Regulatory & HR
Player Welfare
Salary information
£28,988 - 30,514

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