HUCSA acknowledge their 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 under the age of 18 engaged in any club football activity.
We follow The Football Association’s (the FA Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures and endorse and adopt the policy the policy statement contained in that document.
The key principles of welfare to HUCSA 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. HUCSA recognise that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our organisation.
HUCSA 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 Safeguarding Children Regulations (see The FA Handbook) applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity.
We endorse and adopt The FA’s Responsible Recruitment guidelines for recruiting staff and volunteers and we will:
- specify what the role is and what tasks it involves
- request identification documents
- as a minimum meet and chat with the applicant(s) and where possible interview people before appointing them
All HUCSA working in eligible roles, with children and young people – such as coaches are required to hold and in date enhanced DBS with Barring List check as part of responsible recruitment practice.
HUCSA supports The FA’s Whistle Blowing Policy. Any adult or young person with concerns about an adult in a position of trust with football can ‘whistle blow’ by contacting The FA Safeguarding Team on 0800 169 1863, by writing to The FA Case Manager at The Football Association, Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London SW1P 9EQ, by emailing Safeguarding@TheFA.com or alternatively by going direct to the Police, Children’s Social Care or the NSPCC. HUCSA encourages everyone to know about The FA’s Whistle Blowing Policy and to utilise it if necessary.
HUCSA has appointed a Designated Safeguarding Lead (Club Welfare Officer) in line with The FA’s role profile. The post holder (details below) has completed Welfare Officer training provided by The FA and/or County FA. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is the first point of contact for all club members regarding concerns about the welfare of any child or young person. The Club Welfare Officer will liaise directly with the County FA (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 club members.
HUCSA acknowledge and endorse The FA’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our centres. If bullying does occur, all players or parents/carers should be able to feel confident that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Serious incidents will be reported to the designated Safeguarding Lead.
We abide by the principles laid out in the FA’s Respect codes of conduct. HUCSA have 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 County FA in more serious circumstances.
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 Club Welfare Officer.
- If the issue is one of poor practice the Club Welfare Officer will either:
- deal with the matter themselves or
- seek advice from the CFA Welfare Officer/Local Authority Designated Officer
- If the concern is more serious – possible child abuse, contact the Police and/or children’s services, the matter may also be reported to the CFA Welfare Officer if appropriate .
- If the child needs immediate medical treatment take them to a hospital or call an ambulance.
- If at any time you are not able to contact your Club Welfare Officer or the matter is clearly serious then you can either:
Further advice on Safeguarding Children matters can be obtained from:
- Emailing – Safeguarding@TheFA.com
- The FA Safeguarding Children general enquiry line 0845 210 8080
- NB – The FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures are available via – www.TheFA.com/football-rules-governance/safeguarding
Child Welfare Officer
Holbeach United Community Sports Academy
07801655274 – firstname.lastname@example.org
HUCSA Safeguarding Policy
Our 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 (The FA) Safeguarding Children – Policy and Procedures and endorse and adopt the Policy Statement contained in that document.
Our club is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the club at every level. Football belongs to and should be enjoyed by anyone who wants to participate in it.
HUCSA Complaints Procedure
In the event that any Youth Member, Parent/Carer, Club or FA Official or Coach feels that he or she has suffered discrimination, experienced or witnessed something of concern or that the Club’s Policies, Rules or Code of Conduct has been broken they should report the matter to The Club.
Holbeach United Disciplinary Procedure
Our club promotes sportsmanship and fair play in all our teams both to our own players, officials and supporters but also to the officials and to the opponents.
Respect Code of Conduct for Coaches, Team managers and club officials
Use your position to set a positive example for the people you’re responsible for and lead a better game for everyone.
Respect Code of Conduct for Spectators and Parents
If we believe in positivity during practice and matches our children will too.
Respect Code of Conduct for Young Players
Make sure everyone around you has a good time on and off the pitch.
Respect code of conduct match officials
By managing the game in a positive, calm and confident way, you’ll encourage everyone to have fun.
Who is allowed to take pictures of children (under 18s) playing sport and in particular what parents/carers are permitted to do. The FA would like to assure parents, carers, coaches, spectators, players and local media that we encourage the taking of appropriate images of children in football.
Using club webpage’s, social networks, email and texts.
Within football we want you to use social networks, the internet, texts and email safely to get the information you need. We have produced the guidance below to keep us all safe and to ensure that we respect each other.
Anti-Bullying Policy for Football Clubs
This club commits to ensure our website websites and/or social networking pages are being used appropriately and any online bullying will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately in line with procedures detailed in this policy.
Summary of Best Practice Guidance
Alongside the very beneficial aspects of modern communication technologies we have to recognise that there are also increased risks to children and young people. These risks must be appropriately managed.
Responsible use of Social Networking Sites
The following guidance is provided not as an obstacle but to support clubs and leagues to manage their safeguarding responsibilities effectively.
Responsible use of text, email and social networking sites
Whilst the internet brings many benefits and opportunities it also opens up some new risks and challenges. That’s why The FA has teamed up with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre to promote online safety and vigilance.
Useful Links Relating to Child Welfare
LFA How To Report A Concern Webpage https://www.lincolnshirefa.com/about/rules-and-regulations/safeguarding-and-welfare/safeguarding-in-lincolnshire
The FA’s safeguarding page link https://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/safeguarding
Childnet – https://www.childnet.com/
NSPCC – https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
Childline – https://www.childline.org.uk/
FA’s Online Safeguarding Recertification – https://falearning.thefa.com/course/view.php?id=261
FA’s Safeguarding for All – https://falearning.thefa.com/course/view.php?id=1774
LFA Respect Webpage – https://www.lincolnshirefa.com/about/respect
The FA Respect Page – https://www.thefa.com/get-involved/respect