All Northern Ireland Judo Clubs should strive to have a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) to ensure children’s welfare is prioritised at their club.
The CWO needs to be well supported by the club and have a formal role on the club’s management committee. It is the whole club’s responsibility to ensure children’s welfare and everyone has a role to play.
The CWO plays a key role in advising the committee on its approach and ensuring that this is monitored and reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Due to the nature of this role all CWO will have no relation to the Head Coach. In the interests of best practice, the CWO ideally should be a separate role from coaching.