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New Netball Scotland’s Wellbeing Panel


We are delighted to announce the launch of our newly formed Wellbeing & Protection Panel, chaired by former Netball Scotland Chair Freda Hutchison MBE

Freda will support Lindsey Booth, Wellbeing & Protection Officer, and Netball Scotland in this area of work. The Panel brings a wealth of experience to the governing body and will assist Lindsey in ensuring our policies are compliant with current legislation, whilst also reviewing wellbeing & protection cases and supporting on-going investigations.

Geraldine McGuire, Head of Development, said “Launching the Panel demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that all those who engage in our sport feel safe and protected. Bringing together an independent panel of highly experienced professionals has allowed us to create an expert resource to support this area of the business which is of high importance to all of us at Netball Scotland. Recognising the positive influence sport can have on all those who take part, it is vital that we ensure that all activity is led by people who place the welfare of our members at the forefront. We want our sport to be one of the safest in Scotland, and for all of our members to be able to flourish and thrive in a safe and supportive environment”.

Lucy Faulkner, Netball Scotland Board Director, commented, “Netball Scotland is absolutely committed to ensuring the wellbeing of all children and young people involved in the sport as well as vulnerable adults. One of our biggest priorities is to ensure that children and young people have a voice, and are listened to, in all areas of the sport and as Board Wellbeing Champion my role is to ensure that we deliver on this priority and to achieve any standards associated with wellbeing and protection.”

Freda Hutchison MBE
“As former Chair of Netball Scotland I am delighted to be part of the organisation’s panel for Wellbeing and Protection, utilising our reviewed policies and procedures within the new structure to drive the highest standards in safety and support. Since leaving teaching I have worked as a student tutor and as a Census Regional Manager. As a volunteer I have chaired local authority Children’s Panel Hearings and I lead weekly Health Walks. The experience and knowledge I have gained in 36 years in education at all levels and in my subsequent volunteering roles means I recognise and fully understand the utmost importance of having robust and strong safeguarding processes, not only for our Netball Scotland membership, but also for those who support the sport.”

Jill Smith
“I originally qualified as a PE teacher and after 3 years in teaching chose to join Police Scotland where I served for 30 years in a variety of roles. I retired as a Chief Inspector where my last role was within Professional Standards.

I have extensive experience in sport and have been involved in badminton from a very young age. I have played competitively on the international stage and currently represent Scotland on the veteran circuit. I really enjoy sharing my experience and skills by coaching young players whilst ensuring I have the most relevant and current coaching qualifications. I am a mother of two grown up children and therefore know the importance of our safeguarding role.”

Gillian Davidson
“I worked in television production for about 17 years as a journalist and documentary maker before retraining as a counsellor and gaining a Masters in drug and alcohol studies. I now work full time as a parent counsellor for a mental health charity to support families in schools. I have now been a children’s panel member for 7 years and am also a member of my Area Support Team, in the role of learning development officer, for my local children’s panel.  I loved playing netball when I was younger and am very pleased to be involved again with the sport and to play my part in promoting wellbeing and protection.”

Rachael MacDonald
Rachael is a solicitor specialising in Family and Child Law. She is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Family Law and is an Associate in the Family Law Team at Morisons, Edinburgh. She has experience in all aspects of Family and Child Law and appears regularly in the Sheriff Court. Rachael is Treasurer and a Committee member of the Family Law Association, a member of Consensus Collaboration Scotland and a tutor on the Undergraduate Family Law LLB Course at the University of Edinburgh. She also sits on the Board of the Scottish Child Law Centre

Patricia Nielsen
“I have been involved in education for over 30 years and have held posts as a primary class teacher, year leader, P6-S2 Co-ordinator and head of a Support for Learning department in a large secondary school. I sat on the Children’s Panel in South Lanarkshire for five years. I am a registered Family Mediator and Child Consultant with Relationships Scotland and run my own private business as a divorce coach. Over the past two years I have been part of a project (MHAPP) training senior pupils in schools to act as Mental Health Ambassadors to deliver sessions on this subject to S2 pupils. This project will be evaluated by educational psychologists this year. I am pleased to be able to offer my wider experience to assist the Netball Scotland group to promote wellbeing and protection for all of the young people who participate in the sport.”

Lindsey Booth – Wellbeing & Protection Officer
Lindsey worked in sports development before moving in to her own consulting and training practice where she specialises in Safeguarding in Sport. She is the National Trainer with sportscotland on the safeguarding and protecting children in sports course and works with a number of Scottish governing bodies as an independent safeguarding consultant and trainer.

“I am excited to work with Netball Scotland to champion wellbeing and protection for all our young people, clubs, coaches and volunteers.”

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