We recently welcomed Cerri Dando and Denise Richards to the CPSU team and would like to introduce them to you.
Read on to find out about Cerri's and Denise's previous experiences as well as their roles within our team.
Cerri has held various roles within national governing bodies (NGBs) and has been a lead safeguarding officer within 2 NGBs in Wales. She has also been a safeguarding officer at club level.
Her knowledge of safeguarding is underpinned by being a UK Coaching tutor specialising in safeguarding and child protection training. Cerri is a qualified gymnastics and netball coach, and also an associate tutor for the School of Sport and Health Sciences at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Cerri's role with the CPSU
Cerri joined our team in August 2017 as a national development officer for Wales. The focus of this role is to provide safeguarding guidance and support to the lower-funded NGBs in Wales. Cerri will be working closely with Laura Whapham, senior consultant for Wales.
She will be advising the 18 sports through the level 1 framework standard’s process in Wales, developing their policies and procedures and starting to implement these throughout the organisations.
"The last couple of months have been great – I’ve been out and about meeting the NGBs' amazing volunteers and employees, as well as attending the different sporting events that they have organised and facilitated.
"I have thoroughly enjoying getting to know the NSPCC and CPSU staff, the sports and all the people involved within these organisations. I have been part of the delivery team for the new national NGB lead officers' course and its launch in Wales. I have also attended conferences to gain further understanding and awareness regarding child protection and safeguarding in sport.
"I look forward to continuing working with the lower-funded NGBs and seeing all their hard work, commitment and dedication to making their sport safer be rewarded by achieving the level 1 standard for their sport in Wales."
Denise started to work in sports development for women's and girls' football after being a volunteer football coach. She progressed through various roles, including coach development, equality lead and community sports manager.
She then went on to be a safeguarding lead for over 10 years within a County Sports Partnership (CSP). During this time, she worked through the Standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport and then progressed to the Framework for maintaining and embedding safeguarding for children in and through sport.
After leaving the CSP earlier this year, Denise took a 5-month contract with the England Cricket Board in a safeguarding role.
Denise’s role with the CPSU
Denise became part of our team in September 2017, as a senior consultant for England. The focus of this role will be working with CSPs in the North West, North East and Eastern regions.
In addition, Denise will initially be working with several NGBs, including England Basketball, British Orienteering, Snowsport England and British Judo. She will be providing guidance, as well as contributing to regional meetings and undertaking annual reviews.