Club Welfare Officer-Ann King
I am the Dart Totnes Rowing Club’s Welfare Officer. I have been in this post since July 2013. My role is to ensure the club addresses and responds to any welfare concerns club members and those associated with the Club may have. Our priority is to ensure that all members, particularly Juniors and vulnerable adults, are able to enjoy rowing in a safe and secure environment.
An important part of my role is that I am accessible and contactable by anyone with a worry or concern. All contacts are treated with sensitivity and in confidence (with a few important exceptions, such as when a young person or vulnerable adult is considered to be at a significant risk in which case the appropriate agencies may be contacted). I do not share information unless individuals are happy for me to do so. I attend committee meeting to highlight areas of concern, advise on policy and ensure the Club is operating within the guidance and recommendations of British Rowing (for more details please see www.britishrowing.org).
Central to the club’s welfare commitment is ‘Safeguarding’ (see Dart Totnes Safeguarding Policy) The club takes its legal and moral duty to both Juniors and vulnerable members very seriously. We rigorously adhere to British Rowing’s ‘Safeguarding and protecting Children Policy’. All adults in roles that involve direct contact with Juniors are DBS checked (previously known as Criminal Record Check) this includes all coaches, drivers and committee members.
Listed on this website and on notice boards around the club are the contact details of people and agencies to contact should anyone be concerned about the safety of a Junior or vulnerable adult. Please see related welfare Policies on this website.
I have been in post as CWO since July 2013 and a member of the Club for about six years. I took up rowing as a ‘late starter’ and never looked back- it is an addictive activity. I am now the proud joint owner of a wonderful double scull ‘Avocet’. If I am not on the water you may see me walking my lovely black and white Lurchers Ruby and Finbar along Longmarsh. When I am not rowing or walking I work as a young person’s counsellor and work in the Criminal Justice System as a Registered Intermediary.