Club Welfare Officer – Fiona Godwin-Brown
For the last three years, I have been Junior Coordinator at Dart Totnes and have now moved to a Safeguarding role. My task is to ensure that the Club addresses and responds to any welfare concerns from our members and those associated with the Club. The Club’s priority is to make sure that all our members, but particularly Juniors and Vulnerable Adults, can 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 such contacts will be treated with sensitivity and all will be treated 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 have to be contacted). I do not share information unless individuals are happy for me to do so and I will always ask permission first – with the exception of the significant risk mentioned above. I attend Committee Meetings to highlight areas of concern, to advise on policy and to make sure that the Club is operating within British Rowing’s guidance and recommendations (for more details see www.britishrowing.org).
‘Safeguarding’ is central to the club’s welfare commitment (see Dart Totnes Safeguarding Policy (link)). We take our legal and moral duty both to Juniors and to Vulnerable Adults 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 and these people also attend BR’s Safeguarding Courses on a regular basis.
Contact details are listed on this website and on notice boards around the club of people and agencies to get in touch with should anyone be concerned about the safety of a Junior or Vulnerable Adult. Please see related Welfare Policies on this website (link).
I have been a member of the Club for about six years, having been introduced to rowing by my husband, also a member of DTARC, and then marooned on the bank as both my sons also took up the sport. Eventually I joined them on the water and am now proud to be a member of the Ladies Vets Squad at the Club, competing in events around the country. In my three years as Junior Coordinator I worked closely with my Club Welfare Officer predecessor, Ann King, and with the Junior Coaches; I have also been a Committee Member for three years. When not on the water, I write CVs and also teach Pilates, both at the Club and locally. My family and I live in Combeinteignhead.
phone: 01626 873740 or 07770 866444