Welsh Fencing

Proposed New Welsh Patch

Over the last few days, we have been running a poll over the proposed design of a new patch.  It has generated a lot of comment, both through email and through social media in general. 

It's clear that we didn't get this right, so we have 'pulled' the poll and are proposing an alternative approach to ensure we get a broader input from the Membership, both in terms of design and in selection.

Our intention is to offer you all the opportunity to submit your thoughts over a proposed design, whether that is to retain the existing design, to use a traditional design, or to use a more modern style.  You are also invited to submit your own designs.  Please submit those designs and ideas to me by 21st December, 2017.

Clearly, there will be more designs than we can reasonably submit for public selection.  We therefore propose to establish an independent selection panel, who will be charged with reducing down all those ideas submitted to a more manageable number for public selection.  That selection panel needs to be representative of all members of Welsh Fencing. The Board will have the final decision over who is on that Selection Panel, but only to ensure it is fully representative.  The Selection Panel will have the final decision on the designs to be submitted to the Membership.  If you are interested in being involved in that selection panel, please let me know, again by 21st December.

Mark Ridsdale
(mark.ridsdale@welshfencing.org)

 

Welsh Fencing (WF) follows the BFA Policy on DBS Registration.

All Coaches, Welfare Officers, as well as any Volunteers having responsibility for under 18’s and/or vulnerable adults, are required to have a certificate confirming that a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check has been carried out.   The certificate is valid for three years.

Any Club Official concerned about the DBS status of any Coach, other Official, or Volunteer that they have engaged, should ask to see their current DBS certificate.     In case of difficulty, please contact Michael Clemitson, the DBS Registration Officer.

Michael can be contacted at dbs@welshfencing.org.

Applying for DBS clearance – please click here  for advice on how to apply.

Enquiries : Michael Clemitson : dbs@welshfencing.org


 

The steps involved in applying for DBS clearance (including renewal) are:

  1. Request a DBS application form from BFA, enclosing a stamped SAE (Self Addressed Envelope).
    Address: British Fencing, 1 Baron's Gate, 33-35 Rothschild Road, London W4 5HT
     
  2. Complete the DBS application form, following the guidance notes  supplied, as far as boxes e56 & e57, which you should sign and date.    Please sign ‘legibly’.
     
  3. Evidence of Identity for your Name, Date of Birth, and Address should be verified by your Club Secretary or Chairman.   Separate documentation, eg passport, driving licence, etc, as explained on the guidance notes, should be supplied for each category (ie Name, Date of Birth, & Address).     Complete boxes w58 & 59.     Print off the local Verification Form  for your Club Secretary or Chairman to sign.
     
  4. section x (boxes x60 - x68)  -  please leave blank
    Two exceptions:
    (i)  If you are a Professional Coach, ie you receive money personally (other than ‘expenses’) for tuition, please mark x68 as Yes,  AND  include a cheque for £44 with your application.  The cheque should be made payable to British Fencing.
    (ii)  Coaching / Tuition at home address  -  if you intend to give coaching/tuition at your home address, please mark x66 as Yes.
     
  5. sections y & z - please leave blank
     
  6. Post the completed form, together with the Verification Form signed by your Club Secretary or Chairman, to the WF DBS Registration Officer.
    Address: Welsh Fencing, 16 Brynderwen Close, Cyncoed, CARDIFF, CF23 6BR
     
  7. Progress
    The progress of your application can be checked on the DBS website;  you will need the serial number of your application form for this.
     
  8. After approval of your application, you will receive a DBS Certificate.
     
  9. Getting your certificate registered
    There is no automatic feedback to Welsh Fencing, so once your certificate has been received, please either forward either a photocopy of the certificate, or (preferably) email a scanned-in copy, to the WF DBS Registration Officer on dbs@welshfencing.org, so that there is a locally held copy for Welsh Fencing, and so that the details can then be entered onto the BFA database.

  10. DBS Update Service
    If you wish to use the DBS Update Service, please register with them within 19 days of the certificate being issued. Please note that in using the Update Service you will be deemed to have given consent to Welsh Fencing / British Fencing to make subsequent checks at a later date.

    Please also note that a copy of the Certificate should still be forwarded to the DBS Registration Officer (as above).
      
  11. Validity
    Your certificate is valid for three years.

    [Please note that if however, your Certificate shows any previous convictions – whether child related or not, further enquiries may be needed at this stage.]

Please note that DBS matters are the responsibility of the Home Country, ie Welsh Fencing, rather than BFA, and the link to BFA guidance is included for general reference only.

Enquiries : Michael Clemitson - dbs@welshfencing.org

 

Attachments:
Download this file (DBS Evidence Verification.pdf)DBS Evidence Verification.pdf[DBS Evidence Verification Form]220 kB

I’ve signed up for the DBS Update Service – why do I need to show my Certificate?

As this is a question which comes up from time to time, we ran this past the DBS.

They explained that the DBS Update Service is in effect a status check on an individual’s certificate, pursuant to any changes which may have occurred since the DBS certificate was first issued.

As they put it:

“when an individual becomes part of the workforce for a role that is required to undertake a DBS check, and the individual confirms that he/she is subscribed to the DBS Update Service, the individual must present their certificate to the person who is to perform the status check. This is confirmed on our website within the Update Service guide to employers - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-update-service-employer-guide.”

It is on this basis that our own guidance stipulates that a copy of the Certificate should still be forwarded to the DBS Registration Officer (as above), irrespective of the use of the DBS Update Service.