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Donna Cox

I am the General Manager and Welfare office for Russell Martin Foundation, I am also the Mile Oak Wanderers Welfare Secretary. The safeguarding of our players, coaches and parents is our number one priority. Welfare Secretary is a very important role for the club and it is important that you as coaches and parents know who I am and how to get hold of me.

My phone number is 07921 338956
My email address is

We have a legal duty to recognise and respond appropriately to:

  • Significant changes in the children’s behaviour
  • Deterioration in their general well-being
  • Unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse
  • Signs of neglect
  • Comments children make which give cause for concern

If you recognise one of the above for a child, the severity and circumstance will dictate your actions. The important thing for you is to do something and not ignore it. We will create an environment to make the children be and feel safe. Any suspicions or allegations of abuse will be taken very seriously, and they will be acted on quickly and correctly by following the procedure set by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB)

The golden rules of safeguarding are:

  1. ALWAYS SHARE A CONCERN OR WORRY The club has fantastic support from the Sussex FA, you can trust that your concerns will be dealt with appropriately and sensitively.
  2. NEVER investigate a concern yourself, please pass in on and we will deal with it.
  3. If you think a child is in immediate danger do not hesitate to CALL 999 and update me later.

Other Useful Numbers :

  • Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) - Darrel Clews - 01273295643 Children’s Social Care – for reporting concerns;
  • Front Door for Families - 01273 290400 Emergency Duty Service – after hours, weekends and public holidays 01273 335905 or 335906 8.1

Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

Best wishes,

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