Everyone has a shared responsibility for safeguarding and creating safe, enjoyable environments in Orienteering whether as an Orienteer, parent, coach, official or spectator. 

Within the West Midlands Orienteering Association we want you to feel safe and welcome and we encourage you to raise any concerns you have or incidents you witness at the earliest opportunity to British Orienteering’s Lead Safeguarding Officer.

The region is committed to the principles of Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults.

Further information is available on British Orienteering’s Safeguarding pages.

Reporting a concern or incident

All reports are taken seriously and dealt with in a sensitive manner. Should you wish to report a concern or incident please contact:

This includes any concerns about safeguarding either within orienteering or outside of orienteering and any concern over adult behaviour related to the welfare of children or adults at risk, including those away from the sport that involves members or participants.

All reports will be logged in confidence with the Lead Safeguarding Officer who will also explain the processes which will be followed depending on each case.

WMOA’s Welfare Officer

My name is Mel Elkington and I’d like to introduce myself as the WMOA’s Welfare Officer. Please feel free to have a chat if you see me at any of our events. The Region is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for all our members.  I act as a first point of contact for any person who has a concern; you can contact me on

Reporting Forms

In addition to contacting the Lead Safeguarding Officer, there are a couple of forms you can also use to report a concern or incident.

British Orienteering Quick Report Form

British Orienteering has introduced a quick report form which can be used to make immediate reports to the Lead Safeguarding Officer. This form is user friendly on mobile devices.

On completion of this form the Lead Safeguarding Officer will follow up with you directly.

Other Reporting Forms

If you complete one of these forms, it will then need to be emailed to the Lead Safeguarding Officer as soon as possible.

If you need any advice on how to complete a form or what should you do if someone reports something to you, this short video will help you.

Safeguarding Policies

As a region, we support and follow British Orienteering’s two safeguarding policies, these can be found via the links below:

For further information including resources and training opportunities visit the British Orienteering website or contact the Lead Safeguarding Officer.

When you bring your children orienteering we will help you to ensure their welfare and safety by ensuring that:

    The people who run the sport are safe to be with.
    • Our coaches and officials who have unsupervised regular contact with children and adults at risk have satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service checks.
    • Our clubs have welfare officers.
    We take all reasonable steps to ensure that your children will be safe from other participants and strangers.
    • Organisers of events and activities carry out risk assessments and have procedures for managing safety in public places.
    • We have had no reported incidents of children coming to any harm from strangers in public places whilst orienteering.
    The challenges set will be manageable so that your children are able to find their way around the course.
    • Planners of courses and activities follow rules and guidelines to provide courses or activities with different levels of challenge to meet different needs.
    • We keep track of every individual at every event or activity to ensure that they are accounted for. We will give you information so that you understand the level of challenge on courses offered.
    • We expect you to follow our guidelines about which course is appropriate for you or your children to complete. In order to meet our safeguarding and insurance responsibilities, we may refuse to let you do a course if we consider you are taking undue risk.
    They are not likely to be injured but if they are there are people and procedures in place to look after them.
    • Officials organising events and activities carry out risk assessments.
    • They have procedures for finding and looking after lost children and for providing first aid.