9 Feb 2018

Full-Time Ethics And Welfare Officer

England Hockey – Posted by England Hockey – Kilsby, England, United Kingdom

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Job Description

EH is recruiting for an Ethics and Welfare Officer to play a key role in all team activities, which include safeguarding young people and adults at risk, inclusion and diversity and anti-doping.   Working with and supporting our volunteer network of Welfare Officers, the Ethics and Welfare Officer will champion diversity and inclusion and drive initiatives to create a safe and positive environment that encompasses all aspects of safeguarding, ethics and anti-doping.

With opportunities to lead on specific projects, deliver education and training and help to create a culture that is young person centred, we are looking for individuals with excellent interpersonal skills, creative project management skills and the ability to influence and negotiate.

If you have previous experience in a similar role, are passionate about this area of work and really want to enhance the experience of everyone within our sport, we would love to hear from you.


England Hockey (EH) is the National Governing Body for the sport of Hockey. It is responsible for the management and development of the sport from grass roots to elite activities.

EH has a membership comprising clubs (800+), counties (45) and regions (6 including the Combined Services) which affiliate to it. About 100,000 individuals over the age of 16 play regularly in the club system with an estimated 20,000 playing at university/college. Over 15,000 coaches, umpires and officials are supported and developed by EH.

EH employs 84 staff and also use over 200 consultants in performance / coach / official / leadership education and development.

Having won a gold medal at the Rio Olympics it is an exciting time for the sport with the potential for the public and playing audience to grow significantly.

EH’s vision is to become ‘A Nation Where Hockey matters’ and the mission is “To Provide Inspirational Leadership To Deliver Our Ambitions”. The current focus for the organisation is delivery of its 5 objectives within the 2017 -2021 strategic plan:

  • International success – Being systemically and consistently Top 3 in the world in both genders
  • Increased visibility – Triple hockey’s fan base and have 180 hours of hockey coverage on TV per annum
  • Growth in participation – Double the number of club hockey players from 140k to 280k
  • Develop hockey’s infrastructure – Ensuring our infrastructure is fit for the purpose of driving our objectives
  • Be proud and respected custodians of hockey – Enhancing the reputation of hockey whilst becoming financially independent


Reporting to the Ethics and Welfare Manager, the Ethics and Welfare Officer will be responsible for assisting with the implementation of policies and programmes which support EH’s overall strategic aims and objectives and ensure that EH meets the required levels of governance, industry standards and legislative requirements.

Working with internal and external stakeholders, the Ethics and Welfare Officer will work across all aspects of the Code of Ethics and Behaviour, which incorporates safeguarding, inclusion and diversity and anti-doping. The Ethics and Welfare Officer will play a key part in developing and implementing policies and their associated regulations throughout EH, its clubs and associations and into the volunteer base.

The Ethics and Welfare Officer will champion diversity and inclusion and drive initiatives to create a safe and positive environment that encompasses all aspects of safeguarding, ethics, welfare and anti-doping.


  • Work with EH colleagues to ensure EH’s commitment to safeguarding, inclusion and diversity and clean sport is reflected across the organisation and embedded across all work areas.
  • Work with the Ethics and Welfare Manager to integrate and embed all elements of Safeguarding young people and adults at risk across our sport.
  • Take responsibility for the implementation of the safeguarding action plan, which includes communication and support to Welfare Officers and all clubs and associations to achieve a culture that is young person centred.
  • Work with the Ethics and Welfare Manager to develop and deliver relevant education and training across all work areas to clubs and associations and their members.
  • Work with the Ethics and Welfare Manager and other EH Departments in the development of best practice and delivery of work relating to mental health and in support of EH’s commitment to work in relation to Duty of Care.
  • Work with other members of the Ethics and Welfare and Events Team to organise engagement opportunities at national, regional and county level to support clubs and associations.
  • Take responsibility for managing day to day safeguarding enquiries and managing the development of good practice guidance.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of new policies and associated regulations.
  • Assist the Ethics and Welfare Manager in working towards the achievement of the Diversity Action Plan.
  • Take responsibility for the delivery of EH’s Anti-Doping education and training plans, supporting the commitment to clean sport.
  • Review elements of EH’s Code of Ethics and Behaviour and Regulations as directed by the Ethics and Welfare Manager.
  • In conjunction with the Ethics and Welfare Manager review existing plans and develop action plans and strategies for ensuring that the business meets legislative and industry standards.
  • Carry out research and attend workshops as required.  Support and deputise in the Ethics and Welfare Manager’s absence.
  • Work with internal and external partners, including, but not exclusively: NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), UK Anti – Doping (UKAD), The Sport and Recreation Alliance, Sport England, UK Sport, The Anne Craft Trust, Mind, English Institute of Sport (EIS), English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), Sporting Equals to deliver effective programmes.
  • Ad hoc administrative work on EH’s governance issues and any other reasonable management request.


The Ethics and Welfare Officer must demonstrate EH’s Brand Personality through their behaviours:

  • Ambition
  • Integrity
  • Inspiration
  • Focus

Qualifications and Experience

  • High levels of numeracy and literacy and the intellectual capacity and flexibility to cope with the work involved
  • Experience and understanding of one or more of the following areas safeguarding, inclusion and diversity and anti-doping matters in sport.
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging with people of various cultural and working backgrounds
  • Experience in the development and implementation of policies and procedures  Experience of delivering training programmes
  • Experience of obtaining feedback from customers and stakeholders
  • Good knowledge and understanding of current legislation
  • Strong IT knowledge and experience
  • Full UK Driving Licence

Skills and abilities

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work both as a team leader and player
  • High sense of integrity and trust, with the ability to deal with sensitive and confidential issues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and platform skills; ability to communicate and relate at all levels of the organisation
  • Ability to deliver under pressure and manage many projects and competing priorities simultaneously
  • Proactive project management skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work autonomously and flexibly
  • Strong influencing, persuading and negotiating skills
  • Ability to maintain close and effective personal working relationships at all levels of the organisation and with external agencies and consultants
  • Preparedness to work occasional unsocial hours

This job description is not intended to be regarded as inclusive or exhaustive and will be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation. All employees will be expected to support our major events.

How to Apply

Please submit your CV (maximum 2 pages) with a one page covering letter via Apply Online, clearly identifying how your skills and experience are relevant to the requirements outlined in the job description. Closing Date: 5:00pm, Tuesday 13 February 2018

Unless specified in the job description, you must have the right to live and work in this location to apply for this job.

Job Categories: Administrator. Job Types: Full-Time. Salary: 15,000 - 40,000.

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