Southport Strollers Running Club

Southport Strollers Running Club is friendly, welcoming and inclusive; committed to ensuring that all members enjoy running in a safe and respectful environment.

Southport Strollers Running Club have adopted in their entirety the following England Athletics Policies;

  • Safeguarding Adults Policy and Guidance Procedures (2020)
  • Safeguarding Children Policy (2020)

Both of which can be found here:  Welfare and Safeguarding


The following procedures outline what safeguarding is and what to do if you have a concern. These policies and procedures apply to all Southport Strollers activities including its own activities aimed at adults and events which may also be open to children. We all have a responsibility to safeguard adults who are experiencing, or are at risk of, abuse and neglect; and to safeguard children.

Policy statement

Southport Strollers Running Club is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all people involved in running. It accepts its responsibility to assist in the welfare of all people and to safeguard them from poor practice, abuse and bullying. All individuals within the organisation – members/volunteers/coaches/officers – have a role and responsibility to help ensure the safety and welfare of members and guests. The club accepts that we are required to fulfil our duty of care, which means that we must do everything that can be reasonably expected of us to help safeguard and protect people from harm, and to act when we suspect that someone is being harmed, or is at risk of harm.

As Southport Strollers potentially has children (12 plus) and vulnerable people in their care, the club has appointed a Club Welfare Officer (CWO).

‘Vulnerable People’ are any persons aged 18 or over who is in need of assistance by reason of mental, physical or learning disability, age or illness, who is unable to take care of him/herself, to protect him/herself against significant harm or serious exploitation which may be occasioned by the acts or omissions of other people.

Club Welfare Officer (CWO): Lisa Lowery. Our CWO will:

  • Listen to any concerns or complaints made to them in confidence and take appropriate action to resolve the issue
  • Where resolution is not possible, the CWO will contact England Athletics (EA) and seek advice and support to resolve the issue
  • Promote the clubs code of conduct to members

Southport Strollers Running Club will:

  • Accept the responsibility to implement procedures to provide a duty of care to all members
  • Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of all members taking part in club activities/events
  • Ensure CWO is appropriately trained through EA to carry out their duties as officer
  • Require all Run Leaders to adopt and abide by the Welfare Policy and procedures
  • Through CWO, respond to any allegations and implement the appropriate disciplinary and appeals

Southport Strollers does, however, depend upon the active participation and support of all our members, whether a committee member, run leader or club runner.  In order to ensure the safety, well being and enjoyment of our members we have set out guidelines to ensure that all individuals know what is expected of them.

Safeguarding of Children

Southport Strollers is a club for adults, admitting children (12 plus) only where they are part of a family membership which includes at least one adult member. Junior members are permitted to run with the club where an associated adult member either runs in the same group or delegates their authority and responsibility for the safeguarding and well-being of that child to another adult at the time of the run. Southport Strollers organises events from time to time, and some of these may be open to children. Southport Strollers is committed to providing a safe environment for children and young people to participate in. Working Together to Safeguard Children (2017) identifies four main types of child abuse

  • Physical abuse – hitting, shaking, throwing, or otherwise causing physical harm to a child
  • Emotional abuse – causing severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development, conveying to a child or children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It also includes bullying, cyber-bullying, frightening, exploitation or corruption of children.
  • Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. This may include a wide range of contact or non contact activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming and may be perpetrated by males or females including other children. Tring Running Club Safeguarding Policy and Procedures – Adopted 2 October 2019 2
  • Neglect – the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs.

Code of Conduct

  • All members of the club members are to be treated equally and with respect.
  • Members must not discriminate against others, including race/gender/ethnicity/sexual orientation/disability.
  • Do not behave aggressively, either verbally or physically to others.
  • Avoid swearing or abusive language when representing the club, either at training/social events or race meets.
  • Ensure prompt payment of annual membership fees and any other training/race fees made through the club.
  • When using social media ensure not to post or upload any material that could be deemed offensive, abusive, discriminatory or derogatory.
  • All officers and run leaders should have checks made appropriate to their role e.g. DBS checks
  • Any suspected issues related to misconduct or welfare should be reported to the Welfare Officer as soon as possible.

Training sessions/races and social events

  • All members should take responsibility for their own safety and not compromise the safety of other runners.
  • Always behave with respect for other members of the club and general public.
  • Runners should wear clothing appropriate to the conditions, including hi-vis or reflective tops.
  • ICE tags with emergency contact details should always be worn.
  • All members should perform a suitable warm up and cool down before and after a club run.
  • Inform the run leader of any injuries or medical conditions prior to a club run.
  • Listen carefully to any announcements prior to a club run and follow the instructions of the run leader.
  • Where feasible and for all larger run groups, a tail runner should be appointed.
  • Prior to a club run session ask if there are any new runners and establish a suitable run group, buddy.
  • There is to be no diversion from the planned route without knowledge and consent of the run leader