Brockham Badgers FC and Brockham FC (the 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 members.
A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any club activity.
We support The FA Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures and endorse and adopt the policy statement contained in that document.
The club’s Child Welfare Officer (CWO) is Martin Banks – firstname.lastname@example.org
Surrey FA County Welfare Officer is Frank Thompson – email@example.com
The Club acknowledges that:
A 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, any disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.
All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken extremely seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately, working in partnership with other organisations, where appropriate, to safeguard the welfare of children and young people and their parents/carers.
The Club acknowledges 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. We recognise that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club and that the FA Child Protection policies apply to everyone involved in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity, whether an official, helper, coach, manager, club official, medical officer, parent, carer or supporter.
When recruiting volunteers the club will:
Meet with applicant(s) and where possible conduct interviews before appointing.
Carry out an enhanced FA CRC check for all those who will be supervising children in any capacity, in line with FA guidelines.
If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to the become part of the club, guidance will be sought from Surrey FA.
The club’s CWO is the first point of contact for all concerns about the welfare of any child or young person. The CWO will liaise directly with the Club’s Management Committee and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns.
The Club acknowledges and endorses The FA identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable. If bullying does occur, all players or parents/carers should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Any such incidents need to be reported to the CWO immediately.
Codes of conduct for players, parents/spectators, officials and coaches have been implemented by the Club. In these codes the Club has made clear the 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. Codes of conduct will be sent with the Club’s membership form at the start of each season and parents/ carers and players are required to agree to abide by the codes by signing a separate section of that form.
Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. If you are worried about a child it is important that you report your concerns. Taking no action is not an option.
If you are worried about a child then you need to report your concerns to the club’s CWO.
If the issue is one of poor practice the club CWO will either deal with the matter themselves or seek advice from the County FA CWO.
If the concern is more serious – possible child abuse – the club CWO will, where possible, contact the Surrey FA County Welfare Officer, then the Police or Children’s Services as appropriate.
If the child needs immediate medical treatment take them to a hospital or call an ambulance and tell them this a child protection concern. Let you County FA CWO know what action you have taken.
If at any time you are not able to contact the club CWO or the matter is serious then you can contact your County FA CWO directly or, call the NSPCC 24hr helpline for advice on 0808 8005000 or, contact the Police or Children’s Services.