Safeguarding Children Policy 2019 revision
- Parkwyddn JFC 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.
- 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, race, sexual orientation, faith or belief
- 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. Parkwyddn JFC recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in the club.
- Parkwyddn JFC 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 Associations child protection regulation applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This includes those who are a volunteer, match official, help on club tours, football coach, club official or medical staff. The NSPCC lists the signs and symptoms of abuse in its document. (A copy of this document can be obtained from the Club Welfare Officer)
- Physical Abuse happens when a child is deliberately hurt, causing injuries such as cuts, bruises, burns and broken bones. It can involve hitting, kicking, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or suffocating. It’s also physical abuse if a parent or carer makes up or causes the symptoms of illness in children. For example, they may give them medicine they don’t need, making them unwell. This is known as fabricated or induced illness (FII).
- Neglect is persistently failing to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs usually resulting in serious damage to their health and development. Neglect may involve a parent’s or carer’s failure to provide basic care such as food, clothing and kit as well as ensure they are suitably supervised, and their basic emotional needs are not met. Neglect is often linked to other forms of abuse.
- Sexual abuse is forcing or enticing a child to take part in sexual activities. It doesn’t necessarily involve violence and the child may not be aware that what is happening is abuse. Child sexual abuse can involve contact abuse and/or non-contact abuse.
- Contact abuse- Contact abuse happens when the abuser makes physical contact with the child. It includes sexual touching of any part of the body whether the child is wearing clothes or not. Rape or penetration by putting an object or body part inside a child’s mouth, vagina or anus, forcing or encouraging a child to take part in sexual activity. Making a child take their clothes off, touch someone else’s genitals or masturbate.
- Non-contact abuse involves non-touching activities. It can happen online or in person and includes encouraging a child to watch or hear sexual acts, not taking proper measures to prevent a child being exposed to sexual activities by others. Showing pornography to a child, making, viewing or distributing child abuse images and allowing someone else to make, view or distribute child abuse images.
- Online sexual abuse includes persuading or forcing a child to send or post sexually explicit images of themselves, this is sometimes referred to as sexting. Persuading or forcing a child to take part in sexual activities via a webcam or smartphone, having sexual conversations with a child by text or online and meeting a child following online sexual grooming with the intent of abusing them.
- Emotional abuse is persistent, and, over time, it severely damages a child’s emotional health and development. It involves humiliating, putting down or constantly criticising a child, shouting at or threatening a child or calling them names. Mocking a child or making them perform degrading acts. Constantly blaming or scapegoating a child for things which are not their fault, trying to control a child’s life and not recognising their individuality. Not allowing them to have friends or develop socially, pushing a child too hard or not recognising their limitations. Manipulating a child and exposing a child to distressing events or interactions such as drug taking, heavy drinking or domestic abuse. Persistently ignoring them and being cold and emotionally unavailable during interactions with a child. Never saying anything kind, positive or encouraging to a child and failing to praise their achievements and successes.
- We endorse and adopt the FA’s Child Protection and best practice guidelines for recruiting volunteers and 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 DBS check to be carried out where appropriate in line with FA Guidelines.
All current Parkwyddn JFC club members with direct access to children and young people will be required to complete a DBS check via the FA. If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of Parkwyddn JFC, 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 DBS Unit, 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 minimize the risk of ‘grooming’ within football.
- Parkwyddn JFC supports the FA’s ‘whistle blowing policy’. Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can ‘whistle blow’ by calling 0800 169 1863 and asking for the FA’s safeguarding team, or via email on [email protected]. Alternatively you can go direct to the police or Salford Safe Guarding Children’s Board The Bridge Partnership on 0161 603 4500 or via email [email protected] or to the child protection in sport unit via [email protected] or the NSPCC Helpline via 0800 800 5000 or by emailing [email protected]
- Parkwyddn JFC has appointed Karen Harwood Club Welfare Officer (CWO) in line with the FA’s role profile and required completion of the Child protection and best practice workshop. The post holder will be involved with the designated persons’ training provided by the FA. The Child welfare officer 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 County Welfare Officer and will be familiar with the procedures for referring concerns. They will also play a proactive role in increasing an awareness of poor practice and abuse amongst club members. To report or discuss any concerns you can email [email protected] or telephone 07903862936
- We acknowledge and endorse the FA’s identification or 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 Club Welfare Officer, a member of the committee or in case of serious bullying contact County Welfare Officer at Manchester FA.
Codes of conduct for players parents or spectators, officials and coaches have been implemented by Parkwyddn JFC. In order to validate these codes of conduct the club has clear sanctioned to deal with any misconduct at club level and acknowledges the possibility or potential sanctions which may have been implemented by the leagues or the County FA in more serious circumstances. All prospective members