Football and Sport in general helps children and young people to grow healthily and develop personally, socially, emotionally and physically. It offers them the opportunity to break down barriers and create friends. To do this we need to provide a positive, fun and safe environment for all.
Safeguarding is about doing things appropriately and allowing children to enjoy the game without abuse of any kind. This could include bullying, physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect. Football can have a powerful and positive influence on children but that means everyone involved in football must take on the responsibility of looking after those children that are involved in the game as a player, spectator, coach or referee.
How to keep children safe in football
We work closely with the FA to ensure that football in Nottinghamshire is focused on implementing best practice across the county to ensure that child welfare is of paramount consideration. We work closely to ensure that all relevant safeguarding children policies and practices are implemented across all youth leagues in the county to protect children.
The key principles for ensuring children are safe in football include:
- 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 suspicious allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
All Clubs with junior teams must now show a commitment to Safeguarding by having a Club Welfare Officer. The appointed person will work with the management committee to ensure all the necessary safeguarding policies and procedures are in place this includes a Child Protection Policy, Anti-Bully, Travel and Transport guidance and the Respect Codes of Conduct. The Club Welfare Officer is a point of contact for any concerns that you may have in relation to child welfare.
If you're working with young people at your club it is extremely important that you have an FA Safeguarding Children certificate.
Start and click through this Prezi presentation for details on the course:
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The internet and social networking sites can be a very powerful tool and can be used in a very positive and rewarding way. However, it can also be open to misuse and abuse. To read a more detailed report on 'Responsible use of social media' click here.
Anyone who has a concern about the welfare of a child or the behaviour of an adult towards a child or young person under 18 years of age in football is required to get into contact with one of the following:
- Ali Howie, County Welfare Officer, Ali.Howie@nottinghamshirefa.com
- Your clubs welfare officer
- FA/ NSPCC 24Hour Help-line , 0808 800 5000, alternatively you can text on 88858
- Contact The FA directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are concerned about a child outside of a football setting please contact the Police or your local Children’s Services or Safeguarding Children Board.
For more information on Staying Safe online and doing the right thing on your club websites please refer to the FA Communication Guideline: http://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/safeguarding