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The FA Charter Standard
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Safeguarding Children Policy
and Procedures
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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and Procedures Template
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 and via the County FA Welfare
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and Procedures Template
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 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
● County Football Association's
Welfare Officer
- telephone no:
- email: CountyWO@
● The FA Safeguarding Children
enquiry line 0845 210 8080
● Emailing -


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