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SAFEGUARDING / CHILD WELFARE

 

Have you seen, heard about, or been the victim of poor practice or abuse while involved with football, concerning children under the age of 18 or vulnerable adults?

 

Please contact one of the following -

 

STAINES TOWN FC WELFARE OFFICE

 

Ewan Forbes :

ewanforbes@virginmedia.com

 

CHILDLINE : 0800 1111

 

https://childline.org.uk

 

THE CHILD EXPLOITATION AND ONLINE PROTECTION CENTRE

From The FA's website:

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) work with safeguarding and child protection partners across the UK and overseas.

It protects children from harm online and offline with a focus on child sexual exploitation and online protection issues.

If you work with children and young people or are a parent and want to know more about keeping children safe online, you can use CEOP's Thinkuknow education resources [ https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk ].

If you are worried that someone has acted inappropriately towards your child or another child you may know or work with, you can report this. This may include things like sexualised chat, being asked to meet up, or being asked to do something that made the child feel uncomfortable.

Any member of the public - whether a child, parent or professional - can report a concern about child sexual abuse or online exploitation to our CEOP safety centre [ https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre ]. All reports are assessed and responded to by CEOP's specialist Child Protection Advisors. If a police response is necessary, it would be conducted in partnership with your local police force.

Please remember that if a child or young person is in immediate danger then always call 999.

 

 

STAINES TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

POLICY STATEMENTS

applicable to the Club and all  subsidiary bodies of the Staines Town FC

 

1. EQUALITY POLICY

No person shall be prohibited or discouraged from taking part in the management, membership or events of the Club by reason of his or her gender, race, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, nor by reason of disability of any type.  Harrassment, victimisation, or any form of abuse towards any person on any such grounds will not be tolerated, and the Club pledges to fully investigate any such allegations. Staines Town Football Club supports the Equality Policy adopted (and varied from time to time) by the Football Association.

 

2. SAFEGUARDING POLICY

a) Staines Town Football Club shall endeavour at all times to act in the best interests of its child members and visitors whilst they are under its supervision.  It shall appoint a Welfare Officer whose overriding responsibility is to ensure that children and other vulnerable persons are fairly and appropriately treated by the Club.

b) The aims of the Club include the provision of a safe and secure environment for its child members to learn, play, watch, and enjoy the game of association football and all supplemental activities associated therewith.  No match, coaching session or event involving persons under the age of 18 years may take place without the attendance of at least one appointed leader who holds a recognised football coaching certificate (or higher) from a recognised national or regional Football Association, and at least one person who holds a current and recognised certificate in first aid or a more advanced qualification in medicine or the treatment of sporting injuries.

c) At no time will child members be left in the sole supervision of one leader alone: at least one other responsible person must be present.

d) Staines Town Football Club supports the Safeguarding Policy adopted (and varied from time to time) by the Football Association.

 

STAINES TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

CODE OF CONDUCT

(extract)

6. Spectators and Parents

 

Spectators are encouraged to cheer and support their team, but should avoid inappropriate, abusive or divisive language, incitement or insulting comments / gestures towards any player, official, or supporter of either team.  Parents watching junior games should encourage all players, not just their own children: they should be mindful that their involvement can greatly contribute to a child's enjoyment of the game and development within it, but if used unwisely, can put the child off football.  In particular, respect should be shown towards the decisions of the match officials, and those of the team's coaches or other officials.  Where young players are involved, parents and spectators should be aware that the team has been coached and instructed by its management, and that tactical comments and instructions from the sidelines can be confusing and unhelpful, and so should be avoided.  Parents or spectators attending matches and other events are deemed to be in agreement with, and bound by, the Club's Code of Conduct and Policies on Child Welfare and Equality, and should make themselves familiar with all that they contain.

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