Welfare

Oxfordshire Hockey Association Welfare Information

England Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of Field hockey in England, with over 950 affiliated clubs. As part of its commitment to ensuring that young people are able to enjoy the sport of hockey, England Hockey has developed a Policy and Guidance on Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Hockey.

As an affiliated member of England Hockey, the Oxfordshire Hockey Association believes that all people, both young persons and adults involved in hockey have a fundamental right to be protected so that they can enjoy the sport free from all forms of abuse and exploitation.

Oxfordshire Hockey Association has therefore adopted policies and guidance created by England Hockey. These polices and guidance can be found on the England Hockey website using the link:

England Hockey – Safeguarding

General undertaking for all affiliated clubs within the Oxfordshire Hockey Association in relation to the safety and welfare of our young people:

  • Oxfordshire Hockey Association is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all young people involved in hockey.
  • Every individual within the organisation has a role and must accept responsibility to help ensure the safety and welfare of young people.
  • All persons involved in the training, coaching or leadership of teams that include young persons must complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check – please contact your club Safeguarding Officer to complete this process.

General undertaking for all affiliated clubs within the Oxfordshire Hockey Association in relation to the safety and welfare of all our club members:

  • Oxfordshire Hockey Association is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all people involved in hockey
  • Every individual within the organisation must accept responsibility to ensure every adult and young person is safe. To recognise any poor behaviour or abuse is recognised and prevented.
  • Every individual must agree to follow best practice on anti-bullying, social media use, supervision of young members and the general safety and welfare of all.
  • Every individual must agree to follow the guidance set out by England Hockey.

Responding to concerns

If a young person or adult has concerns or you have concerns about a young person or adult, it is important to report those concerns to:

  • Your Club Welfare Officer
  • or to the Oxfordshire Association Welfare Officer – details below
  • or to the England Hockey Welfare Officer – details below

Oxfordshire Hockey Association Welfare Officer:

Odette Dawkins

Email: odettedawkins@gmail.com

Tel:     07500 274309

England Hockey Welfare Officer:

Alison Hogg

Email: alison.hogg@englandhockey.co.uk

Tel:      01628 897500

England Hockey – General Safeguarding Enquiries:

Megan Orme-Smith

Email:  megan.orme-smith@englandhockey.co.uk               

Tel:      01628 89745

Safeguarding Referrals

There is a template form for Safeguarding referrals on the England Hockey Website which will guide you in how to make a referral and how to record relevant details. This is accessed using the link:  

England Hockey – Reporting Procedures

If you believe immediate action is required or you have serious concerns you can seek advice from:

  • Local Authority Children Social Care Department (previously Social Services)
  • The Police.

NB: You should report to the Local Authority Children’s Social Care Department (Social Services) or Police in the area that young person or vulnerable adult lives.

For Oxfordshire this is: https://www.oscb.org.uk/

Actions and Permissions

There may be situations where recorded forms would be required to further give protection to our players. These include permissions to photograph, recruit coaches, incident /accident forms and many more. All forms can be accessed using the England Hockey Website and listed under the heading:

TEMPLATES

Lastly

If you have any concerns/queries or wish to ask any questions about safeguarding, obtaining permissions, how to gain a DBS check or anything else relevant to the safety of all our players please contact your club Safeguarding officer or Oxfordshire Hockey Association Welfare Officer:


There are many ways we can protect all persons involved in Hockey within our local clubs as well as the wider Hockey Family.

Be aware of our own behaviours,
Be aware of how our actions affect others
Be aware of everyone’s behaviour around us