The four steps to safeguarding
Reporting Safeguarding Concerns
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, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation
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 or carers is essential
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. Horsham Tigers Football Club recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.
Horsham Tigers 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.
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
Where a volunteer is not known to the Club, two references will be required before appointing someone
Require an FA CRB Unit Enhanced Disclosure where appropriate in line with FA guidelines
All current Horsham Tigers Football Club members who are regularly caring for, supervising, training or being in sole charge of children and young children will be required to complete a CRB Enhanced Disclosure via The FA CRB Unit. If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of Horsham Tigers 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 CRB Disclosure and that all decisions will be made 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.
Horsham Tigers Football Club supports The FA’s Whistle Blowing Policy. Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can ‘whistle blow’ by contacting The FA Safeguarding Team on 0207 745 4787, by writing to The FA Case Manager at The Football Association, 25 Soho Square, London W1D 4FA or by going direct to the Police, Children’s Services or the NSPCC.
Horsham Tigers Football Club encourages everyone to know about it and utilise it if necessary.
Horsham Tigers Football Club has appointed a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) in line with The FA’s role profile and required completion of the Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officers Workshop. The post holder will be involved with Welfare Officer training provided by The FA and/or CFA. The CWO is the first point of contact for all Club members and parents or guardians regarding concerns for the welfare of any child or young person. The CWO will liaise directly with the CFA Welfare Officer and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns. They will also play a proactive role in increasing an awareness of Respect, poor practice and abuse amongst club members.
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, parents/carers should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents need to be reported to the CWO, a member of the committee or, in cases of serious bullying the CFA Welfare Officer may be contacted.
Respect Codes of Conduct for Players, Parents/Spectators, Officials and Coaches have been implemented by Horsham Tigers 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 leagues or the CFA in more serious circumstances.
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.
If you are worried about a child then you need to report your concerns to the CWO.
If the issue is one of poor practice they will either:
deal with the matter themselves or
seek advice from the County FA Welfare Officer
If the concern is more serious – possible child abuse they will, where possible, contact the County FA Welfare Officer first, then immediately contact the Police or Children’s Services
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 CWO 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 CWO or the matter is serious then you can either:
contact your County FA Welfare Officer directly or
call The FA/NSPCC 24 hour Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000 or
contact the Police or Children’s Services
NB: The FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures are available via FA Football Safe, click on the ‘downloads’ under Policy and Procedures, it outlines in detail what to do if you are concerned about the welfare of a child and includes flow diagrams to describe this process.
Further advice on Safeguarding Children matters can be obtained from: