Radley Youth F.C
Safeguarding Children Policy
1) Radley Youth 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 a safe environment for all memebers.
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 Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures and endorse and adopt the Policy Statement contained in that document.
2) The key principles of The 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, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation
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 or 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.
3) Radley Youth Football Club recognises that this is the responibility of every adult involved in our club.
Radley Youth Football 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 Regulation (See the FA Handbook) applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This includes those who are volunteers, match officials, helpers on club tours, football coaches, club officials or medical staff.
4) We endorse and adopt The FA's Safeguarding Children Guidelines for Recruiting Volunteers and will:
Develop a role profile
Request identification documents
As a minimum, meet and chat with the applicant(s) and where possible conduct interviews before appointing
Request and follow up with two references before appointing
Require an FA CRB Unit Enhanced Disclosure where appropriate in line with the FA guidelines.
All current Radley Youth Football Club members with direct access to 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 Radley Youth 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.
5) Radley Youth Football 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 Child Protection Manager on 0207 745 4912, by writing to The FA Case Manager at The Football Association, 25 Soho Square, London, W1D 4FA or by going directly to the Police, Social Services or the NSPCC.
Radley Youth Football Club encourages everyone to know about it and utilise it if necessary.
6) Radley Youth Football Club has appointed a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) in line with The FA's role profile and required completion of the Safeguarding Children Workshop. The post holder will be involved with designated perso's training provided by The FA. The CWO is the first point of contact for all club members and parents or guardians regarding concerns for the welfare of any child or young person. The will liaise directly with CFA CPO and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns. They will also play a proactive role in increasing awareness of poor practice and abuse amongs club members.
7) We acknowledge and endorse The FA's identification of bullying as a catagory of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our Club. If bullying does occur, all players, parents or guardians should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly.
Incidents ned to be reported to the CWO, a member of the committee, or in cases of serious bulling contact the CFA CPO.
8) Codes of Conduct for Players, Parents or Spectators, Officials and Coaches have been implemented by Radley Youth Football Club. In order to validate these Codes of Conduct the club has clear sanctions to deal with any misconduct at club level and acknowledges the possibility of potential sanctions which may be implemented by leagues or the CFA in more serious circumstances. All prospective memebers will be informed of these Codes.
9) Further advice on Safeguarding CHildren matters can be obtained from:
The County Football Association's Child Protection Officer, whose details can be found in the County Handbook.
The Football Association/NSPCC Child Protection 24-hour helpline 0808 800 5000.
The FA Child Protection Team 0207 745 4895.