Safeguarding Children Policy

Safeguarding Children Policy

  • Droitwich Spa Boys & Girls Football Club acknowledges its responsibility   to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted   to its care and is committed to working to provide safe environment for all   members. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any   club football activity. We subscribe to The Football Association’s (The FA)   Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures and endorse and adopt the Policy   Statement contained in that document.
  • The key principles of The FA Safeguarding Children Policy are that:
    • The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration
    • All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse   regardless of their age, gender, disability, race, sexual orientation, faith or   belief
    • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and   responded to swiftly and appropriately
    • Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people   and their parents/carers is essential.
  • We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in   football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be   protected from poor practice and abuse. Droitwich Spa Boys & Girls Football   Club recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our   club.
  • Droitwich Spa Boys & GirlsFootball Club has a role to   play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting   them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is   noted and accepted that The Football Association’s Safeguarding Children   Regulations (see appendix 3) applies to everyone in football whether in a paid   or voluntary capacity. This means whether you are a volunteer, match official,   helper on club tours, football coach, club official or medical staff.
  • We endorse and adopt The FA’s Responsible Recruitment guidelines for   recruiting volunteers and we will:
    • Specify what the role is and what tasks it involves
    • Request identification documents,
    • As a minimum meet and chat with the applicant(s) and where possible   interview people before appointing them
    • Ask for and follow up with 2 references before appointing   someone
  • Require an FA CRB Unit Enhanced Disclosure where appropriate in line with FA   guidelines.

All current Droitwich Spa Boys & Girls Football Club   members who are regularly caring for, supervising, training or being in sole   charge of children and young people will be required to complete a CRB  Enhanced   Disclosure via The FA CRB Unit.  If there are concerns regarding the   appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached   us to become part of Droitwich Spa Boys & Girls Football Club guidance will   be sought from The Football Association. It is noted and accepted that The FA   will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via The   FA CRB Unit Enhanced Disclosure and that all decisions will be made in the best    interests of children and young people. It is accepted that The FA aims to   prevent people with a history of relevant and significant offending from having   contact with children or young people and the  opportunity to influence policies   or practice with children or young people. This is to prevent direct sexual or   physical harm to children and to minimise the risk of ‘grooming’ within   football.

  • Droitwich Spa Boys & GirlsFootball Club supports The   FA’s Whistle blowing Policy. Any adult or young person with concerns about a   colleague can ‘whistle blow’ by contacting The FA Safeguarding Team on 0207 745   4787, by writing to The FA Case Manager at The Football Association, 25 Soho    Square, W1D 4FA or alternatively by going direct to the Police, Children’s   Services or the NSPCC. Droitwich Spa Boys & Girls Football Club encourages   everyone to know about it and utilise it if necessary.
  • Droitwich Spa Boys & GirlsFootball Club has appointed   a Club Welfare Officer in line with The FA’s role profile and required   completion of the Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officers Workshop. The post   holder will be involved with Welfare Officer training provided by The FA and/or   County FA. The Club Welfare Officer is the first point of contact for all club   members regarding concerns about the welfare of any child or young person. The  Club Welfare Officer will liaise directly with the County FA (CFA) Welfare   Officer and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns.   They will also play a proactive role in increasing awareness of Respect, poor practice and abuse amongst club members.
  • We acknowledge and endorse The FA’s identification of bullying as a category   of abuse. Bullying of  any kind is not acceptable at our club. If bullying does   occur, all players or parents/carers should be able to tell and know that   incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents need to be reported to the Club   Welfare Officer in cases of serious bullying the CFA Welfare Officer may be   contacted.
  • Respectcodes of conduct for Players, Parents/ Spectators,   Officials and Coaches have been implemented by Droitwich Spa Boys & Girls   Football Club. In order to validate these Respect codes of conduct the club has   clear actions it will take regarding repeated or serious misconduct at club   level and acknowledges the possibility of potential sanctions which may be   implemented by the County FA in more serious circumstances.
  • Reporting your concerns about the welfare of a child or young person.   Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility if you are worried about a child it is   important that you report your concerns – no action is not an option.
  • If you are worried about a child then you need to report your concerns to   the Club Welfare Officer.
  • If the issue is one of poor practice the Club Welfare Officer will either:
    • deal with the matter themselves or
    • seek advice from the CFA Welfare Officer
  • If the concern is more serious – possible child abuse, where possible,   contact the CFA Welfare Officer first, then immediately contact the Police or   Children’s Services
  • If the child needs immediate medical treatment take them to a hospital or   call an ambulance and tell them this is a child protection concern. Let your   Club Welfare Officer know what action you have taken, they in turn will inform   the CFA Welfare Officer.
  • If at any time you are not able to contact your Club Welfare Officer or the   matter is clearly serious then you can either:
    • contact your CFA Welfare Officer directly
    • contact the Police or Children’s Services
    • Call The FA/NSPCC 24 hour Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000 or Deaf users   text phone 0800 056 0566

The FA’s Safeguarding Children   Policy and Procedures are available via www.TheFA.com/Footballsafe

    • Further advice on Safeguarding Children matters can be obtained from:
      • BECCY RICKETTS (Child Welfare Officer)
      • T: 07973 442354
      • E: adr.express@virgin.net
      • SUZANNE SCOTT (County Football Association’s Welfare Officer)
      • T: 01905 827137 EXT 214 or 0799 0548681
      • Email: Footballsafe@TheFA.com


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