Working Towards Creating Safer Cultures in Welsh Sport and Activity

Working Towards Creating Safer Cultures in Welsh Sport and Activity

We are recruiting for a full time Safeguarding Adults in Sport Manager, funded by Sport Wales.

Funded until March 2027, this post will support sport and activity organisations to embed safeguarding adults into their structures. It is an exciting opportunity for a safeguarding expert to develop training, information and processes for the sport and physical activity sector in Wales.

We’re really excited to continue the excellent relationship the Ann Craft Trust have with Sport Wales. By providing funding until March 2027 it really demonstrates the commitment Sport Wales has to the safeguarding in sport agenda across Wales. We are pleased to be on this journey with them.

Stuart Sale, CEO, The Ann Craft Trust.

Our Mission to Improve Safeguarding Standards in Welsh Sport

The Ann Craft Trust has had three safeguarding Adults in Sport Managers to date. Each came from a different background, but each shared a passion for safeguarding adults.

Joining us in November 2018, Ieuan Watkins was the first Safeguarding Adults in Sport Manager for Wales. Ieuan introduced Safeguarding Adults to sport organisations by working closely with colleagues in the Child Protection in Sport Unit, drawing from their network of contacts and vast knowledge of the sector. Ieuan brought a wealth of experience to the role. He came from a policing background and was also heavily involved in safeguarding in Welsh cricket.

Ruth Ingram followed in January 2020. Like Ieuan, she brought so much knowledge and experience to the role from her long and varied career in social care. Her understanding of organisational culture change helped us kickstart our #SaferCultureSaferSport campaign.

Unfortunately, Ruth joined us just as the government’s lockdowns began. It was a difficult time for everyone, but Ruth had a very practical approach. She linked-up with people remotely, delivering several virtual training events and creating resources in both English and Welsh.

Ruth eventually left the role, though she continues to work as an Ann Craft Trust associate trainer. After this, Mike Harrison stepped in to cover the work on a temporary basis. Mike also comes from a background in safeguarding in sport. So he could hit the ground running with his understanding of the needs of the sector.

What’s Next For Safeguarding Adults in Welsh Sport?

We will advertise a new full-time Safeguarding Adults in Welsh Sport post at the beginning of March. Keep an eye on our blog, our social media, and our sport update for the listing.

And if this post appeals to you, please apply. You will join a dedicated and supportive team and you will have a chance to make a real difference to the sport and physical activity sector in Wales.

Get in touch for more information.