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Safeguarding Children Policy

Safeguarding Children Policy

1. Cambridge United Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted into 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 that engages in any club football 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.

2. The key principles of The FA Safeguarding Children Policy are that:

 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, disability, race, sexual orientation, faith or belief.
 All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
 Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents/carers is essential.

3. Cambridge United 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.

4. We endorse and adopt the FA’s Responsible Recruitment guidelines for recruiting volunteers and we will:

 Specify what the role is and what tasks it involves
 Request identification documents
 As a minimum meet and chat with the applicant(s) and where possible interview people before appointing them
 Ask for and follow up with two references before appointing someone
 Require an FA CRB Enhanced Disclosure where appropriate in like with The FA policy

All current Cambridge United Football Club members who are regularly caring for, supervising, training or being in sole charge of children and young people will be required to complete a CRB Enhanced Disclosure via The FA CRB Unit 1. If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved, or who has approached us to become part of Cambridge United Football Club, guidance 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 FA CRB Unit Enhanced Disclosure and that all decisions will be made in the best interest 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.

5. Cambridge United Football Club supports The FA’s Whistleblowing Policy. Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can “whistle blow” by contacting The FA Safeguarding Team on 0844 980 8200 ext. 4787, or by writing to The FA Case Manager at The Football Association, Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London SW1P 9EQ or alternatively by going direct to the Police, Children’s Social Care or the NSPCC. Cambridge United Football Club encourages everyone to know about it and utilise it if necessary.

6. Cambridge United Football Club has appointed a Club Welfare Officer in line with The FA’s role profile and required completion of the FA Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officer’s Workshop. The post holder 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. They will also play a proactive role in increasing awareness of Respect, poor practice and abuse amongst club members.

7. We acknowledge and endorse The FA’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all players or parents/carers should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents need to be reported to the Club Welfare Officer. In cases of serious bullying the CFA Welfare Officer may be contacted.

8. Respect codes of conduct for players, parents/spectators, officials and coaches have been implemented by Cambridge United Football Club. In order to validate these Respect codes of conduct the club has clear 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.

9. Reporting your concerns about the welfare of a child or young person. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. If you are worried about a child it is important that you report your concerns; no action is not an option.

i. If you are worried about a child then you need to report your concerns to the Club Welfare Officer

ii. If the issue is one of poor practice the Club Welfare Officer will either:
a. Deal with the matter themselves or,
b. Seek advice from the CFA Welfare Officer

iii. If the concern is more serious (e.g. potential child abuse),where possible, contact the CFA Welfare Officer first, then immediately contact the Police or Children’s Social Care

iv. 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 will inform the CFA Welfare Officer.

v. If at any time you are not able to contact your Club Welfare Officer or the matter is clearly serious then you can either:
a. Contact your CFA Welfare Officer directly
b. Contact the Police or Children’s Social Care
c. Call the NSPCC 24 hour helpline for advice on 0808 800 500 or text 88858 or email
NB – The FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures are available via Click on the “downloads” under Policy and Procedures. The policy outlines in detail what to do if you are concerned about the welfare of a child and includes flow diagrams which describe this process. How to make a referral is also covered in the Safeguarding Children workshop. Participants are given the opportunity to discuss how this feels and how best they can prepare themselves to deal with such a situation. For more information on this workshop contact your County Welfare Officer.

Further advice on Safeguarding Children matters can be obtained from:
Club Welfare Officer

Kit Brunswick
T: 01223 566500

County FA Welfare Officer
T: 01223 209021

The FA Safeguarding Children general enquiry line 0845 210 8080