Safeguarding Officer – Scottish Council of Taekwondo (SCoT)

May also serve as Safeguarding Director on the Board of SCoT

This is an exciting time for the sport of Taekwondo in Scotland. In the last year most of the Taekwondo groups and clubs in Scotland came together to form a Scottish Governing Body – The Scottish Council of Taekwondo Ltd. SCoT was officially recognised in January 2018 by the UK Sports Institutes – including sportscotland.

With a registered player population of around 17000 and one paid member of staff, SCoT as a newly recognised body faces some challenges in delivering the basics of Safeguarding to its membership and meeting the requirements of the Safeguarding Framework.
SCoT is looking to recruit a volunteer to the role of Safeguarding Officer – the individual may also if wished and appropriate, sit as a Director on the Board.

Step 1 of the 10 Steps to Safeguard Children in Sport is… Appoint a named contact to co-ordinate child protection within your organisation who has attended ‘Safeguarding & Protecting Children’ or other basic child protection awareness training and ‘In Safe Hands – Club Child Protection Officer’ workshop. NB SCoT will be able to provide access to training. It is not essential for applicants to have completed these when applying.


The CPO will:

  • Ensure there are policies, procedures, systems, structures, resources and personnel in place to promote the welfare and protection of children taking part in Taekwondo
  • Actively work jointly with parents/carers and other agencies through joint planning, training and monitoring of their arrangements for the protection of children
  • Ensure there are quality assurance mechanisms in place to monitor, review and evaluate arrangements for the protection of children.
    Responsibilities of a Child Protection Officer (who may be a Director) for SCoT:
  • Lead on the effective implementation of policy and procedures throughout the sport
  • Implement the SGB child protection policy and procedures within national organisation
  • Encourage good practice by promoting and championing the child protection policy and procedures
  • Monitor and review the child protection policy and procedures to ensure they remain current and fit for purpose
  • Regularly report to the Management/Committee/Board
  • Raise awareness of the SGB Child Protection Officer role to parents/carers, adults, and children involved in the organisation
  • Raise awareness of the Code of Conduct for working with children to parents/carers, adults and children involved in the organisation
  • Challenge behaviour which breaches the Code of Conduct
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field of child protection by liaising with the Safeguarding in Sport service, attending relevant training or events and subscribing to the Safeguarding in Sport newsletter
  • Organise/signpost appropriate training for all adults working/volunteering with children in the organisation
  • Respond appropriately to disclosures or concerns which relate to the well-being of a child
  • Maintain confidential records of reported cases and action taken
  • Where required liaise with statutory agencies and ensure they have access to all necessary information
  • Support affiliated clubs and their Club Child Protection Officers. 

Person Specification:

  • The ability to build relationships with Management/Committee/Board members, parents/carers, children and adults working/volunteering with children within the organisation
  • An interest in the well-being of children and in safeguarding and child protection matters
  • A willingness to challenge opinion, where necessary, and to drive the child protection agenda
  • Strong listening skills and the ability to deal with sensitive situations with integrity
  • The confidence and good judgment to manage situations relating to the poor conduct/behaviour of others towards a child.

This is a voluntary role for which out of pocket expenses will be paid according to the SCoT financial policies and procedures.
If you are interested in this role, please send a covering letter outlining how your experience matches the role requirements and a CV to

For any further information, please contact Jane via the email above or call: 07811962109
Closing date for applications 31 August 2019

SCoT is an equal opportunities employer and aims to provide an operating environment free from any form of harassment, intimidation, victimisation or unjustifiable discrimination. We aim to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of discrimination. All appointments are made purely on the basis of merit and ability.

Date published: 26 July 2019
Date updated: 26 July 2019


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