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CHILD PROTECTION

  1. Sporting kids acknowledges it 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 to all of its members. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any football club activity.

 

Sporting kids believe:

 

• 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, 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

• All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and parents or carers is essential

 

  1. We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in sport should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse. Sporting kids recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.

 

  1. Sporting kids 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 child protection regulations apply to everyone involved in sport whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This includes those who are a volunteer, match official, helper on club tours, coach, club officer or medical staff.

 

  1. We endorse and adopt the following practice for recruiting volunteers/paid staff and will:

  1. Develop a role profile

  2. Request identification documents

  3.  As a minimum meet and chat with the applicant and where possible conduct interviews

  4. Request and follow up with two references before appointing

  5. e. Require an FA CRB Unit Enhanced Disclosure where appropriate in line with FA Guidelines

 

 

  1. All current Sporting kids members with direct access to children and young people will be required to complete and 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 Sporting kids, guidance will be sought from the NSPCC. It is noted that the FA will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via the FA CRB unit Enhanced CRB 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.

  2. Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague or coach can go direct to the police, social services or the NSPCC. Sporting kids encourages everyone to know about these measures and utilise them if necessary.

  3. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable in our company or at any of our sessions. If bullying does occur, all players, parents or guardians should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents need to the reported to the CWO, a member of the managemenr or, in cases of serious bullying contact the NSPCC.

  4. Codes of conduct for players, parents or spectators, officials and coaches have been implemented by Sporting kids. All prospective members will be informed of these codes.

  5.  Video taking and Photographs – All staff should be vigilant when it comes to photos and video being taken. We do not intend to ban the use of cameras and video in order to analyse coaching and to promote the club. However, there is evidence that some people have used sporting events as an opportunity to take inappropriate photographs or film footage. It is therefore required that parents seek permission from Sporting kids before taking such photographs or video. For more detailed information please see our Photo and Video Policy. In order to avoid ‘grooming’ photographs used by Sporting kids will never be assisted by full names that will assist a third party in identifying the child.

  6. 10.Further advice on child protection matters can be obtained from:

 

  1. The County Football Associations Child Protection Officer

  2. The FA/NSPCC Child Protection

  3. 24 hour helpline – 0808 800 5000

  4. TheFAChildProtectionTeamon02077454649