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First Touch recognises its responsibility to ensure the safety 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. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any club sport or 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.

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.

First Touch Football Club recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.

First Touch 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 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.

All current members of First Touch Football Club working with children and young people –including all of our coaches- are required to hold an up-to-date FA accepted DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check as part of our accountable recruitment procedures.

If there are concerns regarding the suitability of an individual who is already involved with First Touch Football Club direction 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 CRC Process and that all suitability decisions will be made in accordance with legislation and 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.

First Touch Football Club supports The FA’s Whistle Blowing Policy. Any adult or young person with concerns about a adult in a position of trust with football can ‘whistle blow’ by contacting The FA Safeguarding Team on 0800 169 1863, by writing to The FA Case Manager at The Football Association, Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London SW1P 9EQ, by emailing safeguarding@thefa.com or alternatively by going direct to the Police, Children’s Social Care or the NSPCC.

First Touch Football Club encourages everyone to know about The FA’s Whistle Blowing Policy and to utilise it if necessary.

First Touch Football 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 officer 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.

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

  • valuing, listening to and respecting them
  • protection/safeguarding lead and a lead trustee/board member for safeguarding
  • developing child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures which reflect best practice
  • using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately
  • creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise
  • Developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related procedures
  • Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures
  • Implementing a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
  • Using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately
  • Ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place
  • Ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance
  • Recording and storing information professionally and securely.

 

 

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 Social Care.

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 FA Safeguarding Team on 0800 169 1863 or safeguarding@thefa.com

– contact the Police or Children’s Social Care

– call the NSPCC 24 hour Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000 or text 88858 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

 

Further advice on Safeguarding Children can be obtained from:

 

First Touch Football Club Welfare Officer

Falid Shahin

T: 07946 686109

E: falidshahin@gmail.com

 

The FA Safeguarding Children general enquiry line: 0845 210 8080

The FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures are available via: www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/safeguarding

The FA’s policy on Disclosure and Barring Service is subject to change. More information can be found at: www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/safeguarding/criminal-record-checks

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