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Prestbury Phantoms Safeguarding Policy

Prestbury Phantoms Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to it's care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members.


For the purpose of this policy a child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any football activity. We subscribe to the Football Associations (FA) Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures and endorse and adopt the policy statement contained in this document.


The Key principles of the FA Safeguarding Policy are that:



Prestbury Phantoms Football 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 be protected from poor practice and abuse. The club recognises this is the responsibility of every adult involved in the club.


Prestbury Phantoms 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 and bullying.


It is noted and accepted that the Football Associations (FA) Safeguarding Children Regulations applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity.


Prestbury Phantoms Football Club intends to adopt the FAs Responsible Recruitment guidelines for recruiting volunteers and therefore we will:



All current Prestbury Phantoms Club members who regular participate in caring or supervising children or young people will be required to complete the enhanced CRB disclosure.


It is accepted the FA aims to prevent people with a history of relevant and significant offending having contact with children or young people and the opportunity to influence polices 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'.


Prestbury Phantoms Football Club supports the FA whistle Blowing Policy. Any adult or young person can contact the FA Safeguarding team on 0844 980 8200 4787 or by writing to The FA Case Manager, at the FA, Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London. SW10 9EQ. Or alternatively by going direct to the Police, Children's Services at Gloucestershire County Council or the NSPCC.


Prestbury Phantoms have appointed a Club Welfare Officer in line with the FA's role profile and the required completion of the safeguarding and Welfare Officers workshop. The post holder will be involved with welfare officer training provided by the  FA 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 and will directly liaise with the County FA Welfare Officer. They will also play a proactive role in increasing awareness about RESPECT, poor practice and abuse amongst club members.


We acknowledge and endorse the FA's identification of bullying as a form of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable and if it occurs, all players/ parents/carers should know that these incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents should be reported to the Club Welfare Officer.


Prestbury Phantoms will adopt the RESPECT codes of conduct and will take action where there is serious misconduct at club level and acknowledge that the County FA may implement sanctions.

 

REPORTING CONCERNS ABOUT THE WELFARE OF A CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON


Safeguarding is everyones responsibility and if you are worried about a child or young person it is important you report your concerns- no action is not an option.



  1. Deal with the matter
  2. Seek advice from County FA Welfare Officer





NSPCC- 24 hour helpline - 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk


Children's Helpdesk (office hours) Tel: 01452 426565 or

Email childrenshelpdesk@gloucestershire.gov.uk


NB

The FA's Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures are available at www.TheFA.com/Footballsafe- click on the 'downloads' under policy and procedres.The Policy outlines in detail what to do if you are concerned about the welfare of a child.

For further information please contact Clare Eccles,  

Prestbury Phantoms Club Welfare Officer clare.eccles@prestburyphantoms.org

Hugh Feltham, County Welfare Officer     ChildProtection@GloucestershireFA.com