East Midlands Region England Fencing takes its responsibilities to the safety and protection of all fencers and especially those under 18 very seriously. All its affiliated clubs that have Junior Sections should have a published Child Protection Policy and must adhere to the British Fencing Codes of Conduct and Safety Guidelines. Each club that has U18 fencers will have a Child Welfare Officer and the Region has a Regional Child Welfare Officer who can offer advice and assistance in matters of safeguarding and child protection. The Regional Child Welfare Officer is also licensed to conduct Safeguarding training. Two Safeguarding and Protecting (1) courses,, as well as First Aid courses are run in Region each year at Easter and in the Autumn. You can also get information on when such courses are being run under the auspices of your County Sports Partnership, county, district, borough or city sports development departments.
All club volunteers working regularly with children must hold a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) standard check certificate and coaches must hold an enhanced check certificate. The Regional Lead Officer and every affiliated club chair person and club secretary can verify the necessary documentary evidence required to be seen when the application form is completed before it is sent to British Fencing Headquarters for submitting to the DBS.