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Serena is a Safeguarding Star

6th October 2016

Serena is a Safeguarding Star

Last Wednesday (5th October) the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) celebrated their 15 year anniversary at Wembley Stadium as part of their annual conference. The CPSU are the lead national organisation in safeguarding the well-being of all young people in/through sport and physical activity.

As part of the celebration the CPSU presented six awards for safeguarding stars across the country who have made an exceptional contribution to safeguarding in sport over the last 12 months.

We are delighted to announce that Serena Morten was presented with a safeguarding star by 11 time Paralympic Gold Medallist, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.  Serena (Safeguarding Technical Advisor) was recognised for her significant role in developing safeguarding provision at Volleyball England, her highlights have included:

  • Supporting the implementation of Time to Listen workshops across England
  • Assisting in the development of the DBS process from the previous inefficient paper based applications to the online portal.
  • Supporting the case management team to ensure all reports are dealt with in a measured and swift manner
  • Spending the equivalent of 23 days over the last year in a safeguarding capacity at Volleyball England events and competitions. 

On receiving the award Serena stated " I am very honoured to be receiving the award, it was very unexpected and it's great to see volleyball recognised on a national stage.  I am delighted to see clubs across the country adopt the new safeguarding standards that we are implementing and hope to see the fruition for young people playing our sport going forwards".

Safeguarding Lead at Rob Payne said "Serena is an essential part of safeguarding in our sport.  She has significantly strengthened the relationship with the CPSU and is a huge asset to volleyball.  It's great to see her recognised on this stage, very well deserved".

Sally Proudlove (CPSU) commented on the achievement "its really reassuring to see that people (like Serena) with sound safeguarding expertise are willing to give their time to impact on sport so well". 

Serena is a Safeguarding Star