CPSU celebrates 2016’s Safeguarding Stars

Last updated: 10 Oct 2016 Topics: Working with our partners Community and school sports Safeguarding children Type: News article
2016’s Safeguarding Stars
Safeguarding Stars

Our safeguarding conference at Wembley on 5 October included celebration of this year’s Safeguarding Stars.

We received over 30 nominations of individuals in a range of roles from across many sports, all of whom had been recognised as going the extra mile to promote children’s welfare. These all received a certificate in recognition of their nomination.

A panel made up of young people from FA county youth councils then reviewed the nominations and identified the 6 that, in their view, best represented the group.

The 6 were invited to the conference, where they were introduced to the delegates and presented with awards by Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.

2016's Safeguarding Stars

  • Mal Lee – Junior Team Manager, Liverpool County Football Association
  • Ieuan Watkins – Lead Child Welfare Officer, Cricket Wales
  • Barry Dawson – Head of Education and Welfare, Middlesborough FC
  • Phil Barton – Club Welfare Officer, Tankerton Football Club, Kent
  • Serena Morton – Safeguarding Technical Advisor, Volleyball England
  • Adam Green – Head of Safeguarding, Everton FC

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Meet our Stars

Meet our 2016 Safeguarding Stars

Let's take a closer look at why the panel chose our 6 stars.

Mal LeeMalsmall
Volunteer and founder of Don't X the Line

Mal was responsible for creating, promoting and driving the ‘Don’t X the Line’ campaign across the local football community in the Liverpool area. This campaign was a very practical response to the problem of abuse of referees, and involved getting buy-in from clubs, coaches and parents.

Mal showed dedication, passion and persistence to get his message across, and produce and promote practical guidelines that reflect the true spirit and positive values of the game.

Ieuan WatkinsIeuansmall
Lead Child Welfare Officer, Cricket Wales

Outside his paid work in the Police, in his role as a volunteer for Cricket Wales, Ieuan has provided the driving force to embed safeguarding in cricket clubs across the country.

He manages safeguarding concerns; provides training; established and supports a Child Welfare Council; and ensures all clubs have Welfare Officers.

In addition Ieuan somehow finds time to support another sports’ governing body – Tennis Wales – in helping them establish and implement child safeguarding policies and procedures.

Barry Dawson Barrysmall
Head of Education and Welfare, Middlesborough FC

The panel was particularly interested in Barry’s commitment to raising awareness about and de-stigmatising mental health issues within Middlesborough academy.

As well as providing mental health CPD training for all coaches, he has set up an in-house counselling service.

To quote one young player:

“Barry has supported me throughout a very difficult time in my life. Dealing with my brother’s death has been extremely difficult and on more than one occasion I thought about packing in my football.

“Through Barry’s constant support and guidance I have been able to continue with my football programme and I will always be grateful for the time and effort he has sacrificed for me. Thanks Baz.”

Phil Barton Philsmall
Club Welfare Officer, Tankerton Football Club

Phil has been pivotal in establishing and embedding an ethos within the club that emphasises the importance of giving young people a voice.

This includes creating and supporting a Youth Council that enables young people’s views to be heard and has resulted in positive improvements and problem solving. This work has been recognised by the FA, and features in the FA’s Welfare Officers’ Workshops rolled out across the country.

Serena Morton SAM 2432Small
Safeguarding Technical Advisor, Volleyball England

Serena has overseen the establishment of a network of club welfare officers, together with delivering Time to Listen training across the country for individuals taking on these vital roles.

Serena provides support to the governing body’s case management team. She provides quarterly safeguarding reports for the Volleyball England board which have helped secure greater senior management support and commitment for safeguarding developments.

Volleyball England CEO Lisa Wainwright says:

“For a volunteer in the sport it is rare to see someone willing to give so many hours of their time to such a thankless role, but she fully embraces it - and this is an opportunity to recognise Serena’s commitment to volleyball and safeguarding.”

Adam Green Adamsmall
Head of Safeguarding, Everton Football Club

Described as “passionate, dynamic, caring and hard-working” the panel recognised that Adam is clearly personable, inclusive and inspirational. He has successfully used the Everton brand to support and roll out national safeguarding campaigns, and has established a safeguarding system that operates effectively across the range of club activities.

Adam has introduced innovative methods to promote good practice and to ensure that vulnerable groups are aware of how to report any concerns. As a result referrals have risen significantly - allowing problems to be addressed and support offered to those affected.