Football Club (incorporating Rocester F.C. Juniors) 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 football
activity. We subscribe to The Football Association’s child protection
and best practice policy and procedures and endorse and adopt the policy
statement contained in that document.
2. The key
principles of The FA child protection 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
• 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.
Rocester Football Club
recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in
3. Rocester 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.
• Develop a role profile
• Request identification
• As a minimum meet and chat
with the applicant(s) and where possible conduct interviews before
• Request and follow up with
two references before appointing
• Require an FA CRB Unit
Enhanced Disclosure where appropriate in line with FA guidelines.
All current Rocester Football
Club members with direct access to children and young people 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 Rocester 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
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.
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 Child Protection Manager on 0207 745 4771, by writing
to The FA Case Manager at The Football Association, 25 Soho Square,
London W1D 4FA or by going direct to the police, social services or the
Football Club encourages everyone to know about it and utilise it if
Rocester Football Club has appointed a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) in
line with The FA’s role profile and required completion of the child
protection and best practice workshop.
holder will be involved with designated person’s training provided by
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. They
will liaise directly with the CFA CPO and will be familiar with the
procedures for referring any concerns. They will also play a proactive
role in increasing an awareness of poor practice and abuse amongst club
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 or guardians 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 contact the CFA CPO.
Codes of conduct for players, parents or spectators, officials and
coaches have been implemented by Rocester Football Club.
In order to
validate these codes of conduct the club has clear sanctions to deal
with any misconduct at club level and acknowledges the possibility of
potential sanctions which may be implemented by leagues or the CFA in
more serious circumstances. All prospective members will be informed of
Further advice on child protection matters can be obtained from:
• The County
Football Association’s Child Protection Officer, whose details can be
found in the County Handbook
Football Association/NSPCC Child Protection 24-Hour Helpline 0808 800