Active Sussex is the brand name of The Sussex County Sports Partnership Trust (SCSPT) and is one of 43 Active Partnerships operating across England as part of a national network. Together, our purpose is to fight inactivity and address inequality by empowering everyone to be active in a way that works for them. Our strategy ‘Getting Sussex Moving’ sets out our plans and approach to achieve this over the next five years.

Working together with national governing bodies of sport, local sports clubs, safeguarding agencies and welfare officers, new national funding from Sport England has represented a fantastic opportunity for the creation of two roles to join our friendly, supportive and high achieving organisation, with plenty of opportunities for training and development. These posts support the Trust to work towards reducing inequalities through the provision and access to physical activity opportunities.


Reporting to the Strategic Relationship Manager (Equality and Safeguarding), the role involves supporting National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and local clubs and organisations delivering sport and physical activity in Sussex to ensure the development and implementation of a safe environment for children, young people and adults to take part in sport and physical activity.

You will work with NGBs in Sussex and their local clubs to promote good practice and safe sport on a local level, complementing the work of the existing safeguarding structures inside and outside sport.

Specific Duties Include:

  • Communication and education: train (or organise training for) club welfare officers; attend regular training and development workshops with the National Sport Welfare Officer Network and disseminate learning back within Sussex; communicate using forums to ensure best practice is regularly promoted.
  • Support for club welfare officers: facilitate reporting and referral of safeguarding cases from local to national (and, if appropriate, support resolution of lower-level concerns); undertake visits to clubs identified as requiring priority support; visit prioritised events to raise welfare awareness with parents/carers and participants.
  • Connect and collaborate with welfare networks: connect people working on welfare within and across sports; connect welfare inside to outside sport (e.g. statutory services, local safeguarding boards); work closely with Active Sussex Safeguarding and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion leads to
    ensure Active Sussex is delivering a seamless and consistent message internally and externally; liaise with and brief the Active Sussex board through the Board Safeguarding Champion when appropriate.
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning: control the devolved Welfare Officer delivery budget in consultation with your line manager; ensure the appropriate collection of data to meet the measurement, evaluation and learning objectives of the role; share best practice and work with other officers and AP National Team.

Essential capabilities include:

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Sound welfare experience relating to children and young people and/or adults.
  • Self-motivated and happy to work using your own initiative.
  • A real team player with a can-do attitude.


We are happy to talk flexible working, and where possible can accommodate agile/hybrid working arrangements. Part time and job share applications are also welcome.

Benefits include 25 days of annual leave (plus bank holidays), two days of paid volunteering release, a substantial employer contribution pension plus learning, development and training opportunities.


Please apply via the Active Sussex website.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 23 November 2023, 5pm

Interview date & venue: Tuesday 12 December 2023 at the Sussex Innovation Centre, Falmer