Child Protection

Wareham Rangers Youth Football Club (WRYFC)

 Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures
     
1.0 Introduction 

1.1    Wareham Rangers Youth Football Club (WRYFC) 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 members. 

1.2    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. 

2.0 The Key Principles of The FA Safeguarding Children Policy 

2.1 The key principles covered within this policy are:
  • 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 
2.2     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. 

2.3     Wareham Rangers Football Club recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in              our club.

3.0 Wareham Rangers Youth Football Club’s Role and Responsibility 

3.1     WRYFC acknowledges it’s 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. 

3.2     It is noted and accepted that The Football Association’s Safeguarding Children Regulations (see The           FA Handbook) 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.

3.2     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
  • where eligible require an FA accepted Enhanced Criminal Record Check (CRC) with Barring List Check in line with current FA policy and regulations
3.4     All Wareham Rangers Youth Football Club members working in eligible roles, with children and young          people, such as managers and coaches are required to hold an in-date FA accepted Enhanced CRC          with Barring List check as part of responsible recruitment practice.

3.5     If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who             has approached us to become part of WRYFC, guidance will be sought from The Football                         Association. 

3.6     It is noted and accepted that The FA will consider the relevance and significance of the information             obtained via the CRC Process and that all suitability decisions will be made in accordance with                 legislation and in the best interests of children and young people. 

3.7     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.

4.0 How to Raise Concerns to WRYFC

4.1     WRYFC has a Club Welfare Officer in post in line with The FA’s requirements.

4.2     The WRYFC Welfare Officer has completed the Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officers                     Workshop and is involved with Welfare Officer training provided by The FA and/or County FA. 

4.3     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. 

4.4     WRYFC acknowledges and endorses 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.

4.5     Respect codes of conduct for Players, Parents/ Spectators, Officials and Coaches have been                     implemented by Wareham Rangers Youth 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.

4.6     Reporting your concerns about the welfare of a child or young person. Safeguarding is everyone’s             responsibility if you are worried about a child/young person it is important that you report your                     concerns – no action is not an option.

4.7     Anyone can raise concerns that relate to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people             participating in activities facilitated by WRYFC. 

4.8     In the first instance this can be via Managers/coaches or any club committee member who will                 ensure any concerns raised are reported to the Club Welfare Officer.  

4.9     WRYFC’s Welfare Officer is:  

Nicky Speed, Club Welfare Officer 

Tel: 01929 552424
email: nicolaspeed@btinternet.com 

Fran Lewis, Assistant Club Welfare Officer

Tel: 07977 301107 or 01929 556898
email: flewis12@outlook.com

4.10     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
4.11    If the concern is more serious for example possible child abuse if possible contact the CFA Welfare           Officer first, then immediately contact the Police or Children’s Social Care.

4.12     If the child/young person 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.

4.13     More contact details are attached at Appendix A.

5.0 How to Raise Concerns Direct to the Football Association 

5.1     Wareham Rangers Youth Football Club supports The FA’s Whistle Blowing Policy.
 
5.2     Any adult or young person with concerns about an adult in a position of trust with football can ‘whistle           blow’ by contacting The FA Safeguarding Team on: 

Tel: 0800 169 1863

 The FA Case Manager
 The Football Association
 Wembley Stadium
 PO Box 1966
 London 
 SW1P 9EQ

email:  Safeguarding@TheFA.com 


Policy implemented: January 2016

Version: 1

Due for Review: January 2018

Date Committee agreed: 15th February 2016



APPENDIX A


IMPORTANT CONTACT DETAILS

Further advice on Safeguarding Children matters can be obtained from WRYFC Welfare Officer:

Nicky Speed, Club Welfare Officer


Tel: 01929 552424

email: nicolaspeed@btinternet.com


Fran Lewis, Assistant Club Welfare Officer


Tel: 07977 301107 or 01929 556898

email: flewis12@outlook.com

If at any time you are not able to contact your Club Welfare Officer or the matter is clearly serious then you can either:

1. Contact your CFA Welfare Officer directly:


County Football Association’s Welfare Officer (CFA) is:


Rosie Eggleston: 01202 688273 or 07908 647054

email: rosie.eggleston@dorsetfa.com


2. contact The FA Safeguarding Team on:

0800 169 1863 or Safeguarding@TheFA.com

3. Contact the Police or Children’s Social Care


4. Call the NSPCC 24-hour Helpline for advice on:


0808 800 5000

text 88858

help@nspcc.org.uk


5. The Football Association Safeguarding Children General Enquiry line:

 

0845 210 8080

www.TheFA.com/football-rules-governance/safeguarding 

Safeguarding@TheFA.com



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