Wellbeing & Welfare

Kent AC takes the welfare and wellbeing of its members very seriously. We are obliged through our affiliation to various governing bodies to implement the policies and procedures that they have established.

The club has two welfare officers who will listen confidentially* to any issue that may arise, and endeavour to support your individual needs and wellbeing (including child members and their parent/legal guardian). If you have any queries or concerns, we encourage you to contact one of the welfare officers below and discuss your concern directly with them.    

Susie Fairbass                    welfareoff@kentac.org.uk

Neil Gordon-Orr                 welfareoff@kentac.org.uk

* In order to provide the support for your needs and wellbeing, the information shared with a Welfare Officer may be shared with other Welfare Officers and/or the Committee, but only on a need to know basis. Exceptions are also made, for example if you may present a danger of violence to others; or if there is a reasonable suspicion that you are likely to harm yourself unless protective measures are taken. This may include contacting the relevant authority e.g Police, Social Services or EA. For your protection.

Welfare – what it means

The Club aims to create an environment where you feel safe and are able to participate in club events without being subject to any form of harassment, bullying, verbal or physical abuse or excessive pressure. 

Welfare covers a wide range of issues such as safeguarding and protecting children, anti-bullying, equality, poor practice in coaching and disciplinary and grievance matters. The Club’s Codes of Conduct and procedures for dealing with child protection concerns, other welfare issues or grievances are detailed on this website.

Welfare – what we expect from our members

It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all those who participate in club events.

Policy Statements:

Links to:

  • Complaints & Grievance Procedure
  • Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy
  • UK Athletics – Coach Code of Practice
  • UK Athletics – Athlete Code of Conduct
  • Health & Safety Policy Statement
  • GDPR Policy Statement

Awaiting Club Committee Approval


Complaints & grievance procedure

Complaints & Grievance Procedure  We understand that most participants in athletics are volunteers and they participate because they want to. However, there are certain standards of behaviour that we expect and unfortunately there are occasions when these standards are not reached. In these circumstances we detail below the Kent AC Club Grievance Procedure to ensure...

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Safe Guarding & Child Protection

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy Introduction As a club which provides for young athletes Kent Athletic Club recognises that it has a duty of care and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It is everybody's responsibility to create an environment where everyone involved in the club feels safe and secure...

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UK Athletics Code of Conduct for Athletes

As a responsible athlete you will: Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every athlete, coach, technical official and others involved in athletics and treat everyone equally.Uphold the same values of sportsmanship off the field as you do when engaged in athleticsCooperate fully with others involved in the sport such as coaches, technical officials, team...

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UK Athletics – Coach Code of Practice

Introduction Coaches and coaching are essential for the health and success of our sport; they are often rightly referred to as the lifeblood of the sport. Coaches are the key people who help ensure that those who take part in our sport have fun, as well as help them work towards and achieve their goals...

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Health and Safety Policy Statement

Kent AC is strongly committed to encouraging our members to take part, but the health, well-being and safety of each individual is always our paramount concern.  We recommend levels of training dependent on age and ability and expect our athletes to participate within these boundaries. Health and Safety Policy To support our Health & Safety...

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Equality & Diversity

Equality and diversity policy statement.  Kent AC is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sports equity: Sports equity and diversity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address...

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