Child Protection Policy

 

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 abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in football.

The child’s welfare is, and must always be,¬† the paramount consideration.

Eastham Rangers JFC recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual, or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. The club is determined to meet its obligation to ensure that we provide football opportunities for children and young people to the highest possible standard of care. (See Football Association Regulation)

These procedures apply to anyone in football, whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. For example, volunteers in clubs, referees, club officials, helpers on club tours, football coaches and medical staff.

All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

Anyone who has a concern about the welfare of a child or the behaviour of an adult towards a child or young person under 18 years of age in football is required to refer it to The FA Safeguarding Team. The team is staffed by professionals who are experienced in dealing with these concerns.

Referring a concern can be done via our club, league or the county FA – all will have a designated safeguarding officer (DSO). Alternatively, you can email the FA directly via safeguarding@thefa.com

Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people, their parents and carers is essential.

Eastham Rangers JFC will consider, having taken advice, whether anyone who has a criminal conviction or caution for offences related to the abuse of children or young people, violence, drug related offences, racist offending or any sexual offences should be excluded from working with children and young people. The position is re-enforced by U.K. legislation and guidance.

The practices and procedures based on the principals contained within U.K and International legislation, and Government guidance, have been designed to complement local Area Child Protection Committee procedures, and take the following into consideration:

The Children Act 1989

The Protection of Children Act 1999

Working together to Safeguard Children

“Caring for the young and vulnerable”
Home Office guidance for preventing the abuse of trust 1999

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Human Rights Act 2000