Working at Active Oxfordshire

Active Oxfordshire has a highly skilled, forward-thinking and friendly team committed to tackling inactivity and fighting inequality across our county. As well as our core team, we work with a wide range of partners from statutory, voluntary, education and health sectors, alongside our incredible Active Ambassadors to ensure that we are fully inclusive and celebrate the diversity of our community.

We offer excellent rates of pay and annual leave, opportunities for training and development and the chance to be part of a forward-thinking organisation making a real difference to our local community.

Current vacancies at Active Oxfordshire:

Safeguarding and Welfare Officer

This is an exciting opportunity to join Active Oxfordshire to fight inactivity and tackle inequality – as a Safeguarding and Welfare Officer.

Safeguarding & Welfare Officer

Thank you for your interest in working with Active Oxfordshire. We are working together with two other Active Partnerships, Get Berkshire Active and LEAP to recruit 3 new Safeguarding and Welfare Officer roles.

New national funding from Sport England means we have a fantastic opportunity to join a friendly, supportive and high achieving network, with plenty of opportunities for training and development. There will be 3 roles available, 1 in each county, but given the close working arrangement between the 3 Active Partnerships we are running one recruitment process.

The roles:

These roles will support National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and local clubs and organisations delivering sport and physical activity in Berkshire, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire. The Safeguarding & Welfare Officers will ensure (and implement) a safe environment for children, young people and adults to take part in sport and physical activity.

No two days will be the same – you will be training club welfare officers, facilitating and supporting both reporting and referral of safeguarding cases, managing the budget for the Welfare Officer delivery and sharing best practice with other officers and the wider Active Partnership National Team.

Working closely with the Children & Young People and Adult Safeguarding leads, and with EDI leads at the relevant Active Partnership, you will be responsible for ensuring there is a seamless and consistent message around welfare and Safeguarding.

About you:

You will need to have experience of managing programmes of work to a timeline and budget, coupled with strong organisational and interpersonal skills to enable you to work effectively with others in partnership.

Experience of working in the physical activity sector is essential (or demonstrable knowledge of the landscape from a safeguarding perspective) as is the ability to deliver training or workshops.

A strong enthusiasm in our cause is a must, as well as knowledge and interest in how physical activity and sport can change lives.

What we offer:

We are recruiting for 3 full-time fixed term positions (for 3.5 years from November 2023), although we would consider job share/part time for the right candidate.

You will receive a salary of £29,000 to £33,000 dependent on experience, and benefits include a substantial contributory pension scheme, a generous holiday allowance and learning, development and training opportunities.

Active Oxfordshire welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity within our team to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We know that people from certain backgrounds can be hugely under-represented in our sectors, and we want to change this. We are therefore genuinely keen, and particularly interested to receive applications from people from diverse ethnic communities, from disabled people, neurodivergent people, people who identify as LGBTQIA+ and people with experience of facing barriers to physical activity.

We want all candidates to have an equal chance to shine in this process – please let Josh Lenthall ( know if there's anything we can do to make sure the application process works for you.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 17th October 2023. Selection day – Tuesday 31st October and Thursday 2nd November (if required)

To apply and for more information, please see the link below:

Safeguarding and Welfare Officer job - Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire - Active Oxfordshire (

Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

We welcome and actively encourage applications from all sections of the community, and strongly believe that a diverse team is crucial to maximise our creativity, achievements and impact. We are a friendly and welcoming organization, and strive to ensure that everyone who works at Active Oxfordshire can be themselves. 77% of our staff team take advantage of the part time and flexible working policies which are open to everyone. We have a strong focus on equity, diversity and inclusion, whilst fully recognizing that we are on a journey ourselves. We positively seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality

Active Oxfordshire team and board, December 2022

Active Oxfordshire team and board, December 2022

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