Child Protection

Chichester City Youth FC - Safeguarding Children Policy
1. Chichester City Youth FC 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 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/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.
Chichester City Youth FC recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.
3. Chichester City Youth FC 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, 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:
● Develop a role profile
● Request identification documents
● As a minimum meet and chat with the applicant(s) and where possible conduct interviews before appointing
● 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 Chichester City Youth FC 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 Chichester City Youth FC 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 obt