UKU Safeguarding Committee - can you help?

Do you have experience and expertise relevant to safeguarding young people?  If so, we need your help please!

We are seeing more and more schools starting to play some ultimate.  Our Schools Affiliation programme has seen 130 schools sign-up so far in 2017, reporting a total of 17,000 and 3,000 people playing ultimate in curriculum time and ex-curricular clubs respectively.  However - against that backdrop, the number of teams and players competing in our Junior tournaments and trying out for GB youth teams is not growing.

There are very few opportunities for young people to play ultimate in the UK and we want to change that.   And of course we want to enable new players to be involved in our sport in a safe and welcoming way.  

UKU is setting up a Safeguarding Committee in order to build up more capacity and expertise to support coaches, local groups and club committees engage with new young players.  We have just updated and released UKU Safeguarding Policies, but there is so much more we could do.  What will being on the committee involve?  

  • Providing practical advice to clubs and coaches - emails and phone calls

  • Developing additional documentation, templates and guidelines to help clubs and coaches set up to involve young people more efficiently

  • Potentially support case-management processes in the future

  • Review training requirements and options for everyone involved in delivering ultimate to young people in the UK

  • Ongoing review of UKU policies and practices

  • Reviewing the goals and tasks of the committee

We don’t imagine everyone on the committee being involved in all of these tasks.  Our hope is that we can build a small team and divide up these areas based on skills, interest and availability.  Any committee like this is always more successful with a good project manager - so if you can offer that and have an interest in being involved here, please let us know.

So - if you have any experience of safeguarding, child protection or supporting adults with care needs then get in touch by emailing joewyatt7@gmail.com.  Please help!