They’ll also help further understand safeguarding in local clubs, e.g. how policies and procedures are cascaded and help share good practice.
And they’ll work closely with other Sport Welfare Officers, NGBs and wider organisations; to connect people working on welfare and safeguarding, both inside and outside sport.
The project will run for three years, from October 2023 until March 2027, with an evaluation study in place to track its progress and measure the effectiveness of the Club Welfare Officers in feeling supported.
The Active Partnerships National Organisation will manage the project and support the development of the nationwide network of Sport Welfare Officers, who will be based within Active Partnerships across England. Recruitment to these roles is expected to begin later this month.
To help with project management, the Active Partnerships National Organisation is already recruiting to two national roles where the successful candidates will support and connect the network of Sport Welfare Officers.
Andy Taylor, chief executive of the Active Partnerships National Organisation, knows how significant today's announcement will be.
"Sport England and UK Sport made a commitment to create a network of Sport Welfare Officers in response to the Whyte Review," he said.
"Working with partners across the sector including the NSPCC Children Protection in Sport Unit, Ann Craft Trust, national governing bodies of sport and others, we are pleased to play a key role in delivering on this commitment.
"We are currently recruiting to two brand new roles in our national team and we'll be supporting the Active Partnerships with their recruitment of the network of Sport Welfare Officers that will operate at a local level.
"All of these new officers will play a crucial role in supporting national governing bodies and local clubs to promote good practice and to ensure safe sport is provided for everyone."
And Adrian Christy, chief executive of Table Tennis England, is delighted to be welcoming the Sport Welfare Officers into these key roles.
“We are all too aware of the catastrophic impact that occurs when the safeguarding and wellbeing of young people and adults across our sport system is compromised and we welcome the further investment to support our sport communities, particularly those working at local level,” he said.
“Great strides have been taken in recent years, but we are all too aware there is much more to be done, particularly in the area of prevention where the training of the safeguarding in sport community is critical.
“We very much look forward to working together with the Sport Welfare Officers to further strengthen our sector.”