Meet our 2016 Safeguarding Stars
Let's take a closer look at why the panel chose our 6 stars.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.