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

Safeguarding in Orienteering

Everyone has a shared responsibility for safeguarding and creating safe, enjoyable environments in Orienteering whether as an Orienteer, parent, coach, official or spectator. The West Midlands Junior Squad is part of the West Midlands Orienteering Association.  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 British Orienteering’s Lead Safeguarding Officer:

Peter Brooke 07540 150963

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.

Click here for more information on our Safeguarding Policies and other ways to report a concern or incident