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Safeguarding Children Policy

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FA Charter

Standard Club - Safeguarding Children


1. Oakwood FC FA Charter

Standard Club 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 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


● 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


● All suspicions and allegations of

abuse will be taken seriously and

responded to swiftly and


●Working in partnership with other

organisations, children and young

people and their parents/carers is


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.

Oakwood football club FA Charter

Standard Club recognises that this is

the responsibility of every adult

involved in our club.

3. Oakwood Football Club FA Charter

Standard 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 Child

Protection Regulation (see The FA

Handbook) applies to everyone in

football whether in a paid or

voluntary capacity. This means

whether you are a volunteer,

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match official, helper on club tours,

football coach, club official or

medical staff.

4. Oakwood Football Club endorse and adopt The FA's

Responsible Recruitment guidelines

for recruiting volunteers and we will:

● Develop a role profile

● Request identification documents

● 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 Oakwood Football Club FA

Charter Standard 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 . If there are concerns regarding

the appropriateness of an individual

who is already involved or who has

approached us to become part of

FA Charter

Standard 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


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.Oakwood Football Club FA Charter

Standard 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

Team on 0207 745 4787, by writing

to The FA Case Manager at The

Football Association, 25 Soho Square,

W1D 4FA, or alternatively by going

direct to the Police, Children's

Services or the NSPCC.

Oakwood Football Club FA Charter

Standard Club encourages everyone

to know about it and utilise it if


6. Oakwood Football Club FA Charter

Standard Club has appointed a Club

Welfare Officer (CWO) in line with

The FA's role profile and required

1. The policy on CRB Enhanced Disclosures will be subject to change, in light of the implementation of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups

Act, 2006, due to come into effect in October 2009. Further information will be provided on this via TheFA.com and via the County FA Welfare



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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 committee members

regarding concerns about 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

awareness of Respect, poor practice

and abuse amongst their Club


7. We acknowledge and endorse The

FA's identification of bullying as a

category of abuse. Bullying of any

kind is not acceptable in our league.

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 CWO or alternatively,

in cases of serious bullying, we may

contact the CFA Welfare Officer.

8. Respect codes of conduct for

Players, Parents/Spectators, Officials

and Coaches have been implemented

by FA

Charter Standard 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 CFA in more

serious circumstances. All registering

members will be required to adopt

the Respect codes.

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.

● 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 CFA Welfare


● If the concern is more serious -

possible child abuse - they will,

where possible, contact the CFA

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 CFA Welfare

Officer know what action you have


● If at any time you are not able to

contact your CWO or the matter is

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serious then you can either:

- contact your CFA Welfare Officer

directly or

- call The FA/NSPCC 24-hour

Helpline for advice on 0808 800

5000 or

- contact the Police or Children's


NB - The FA's Safeguarding Children

Policy and Procedures is available via

www.TheFA.com/Footballsafe. 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. This

is also covered within the Safeguarding

Children workshop, where participants

are given the opportunity to discuss

how this feels and how best they can

prepare themselves to deal with such a


10.Further advice on Safeguarding

Children matters can be obtained


● www.TheFA.com/Footballsafe

● County Football Association's

Welfare Officer

- telephone no:

- email: CountyWO@

● The FA Safeguarding Children

enquiry line 0845 210 8080

● Emailing - Footballsafe@TheFA.com

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