JOHN ROBINSON SOCCER USA SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN POLICY AND PROCEDURES
This policy is provided so that all representatives of John Robinson Soccer USA understand their safeguarding responsibilities and are aware of the policies and procedures in place to deal with such issues. John Robinson Soccer USA must ensure it adheres to this policy in full.
John Robinson Soccer USA 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 John Robinson Soccer USA 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.
The key principles of John Robinson Soccer USA 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 activity should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment, protected from poor practice and abuse.
John Robinson Soccer USA recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our organisation.
John Robinson Soccer USA 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 applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This applies whether you are a representative of John Robinson Soccer USA as a volunteer, coach, trustee, full-time/part-time member of staff or associate partner of the charity.
We endorse and adopt The FA’s Responsible Recruitment guidelines for recruiting John Robinson Soccer USA staff and volunteers, 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
• Ask for and follow up with 2 references before appointing someone
• Require an FA CRC Enhanced Disclosure where appropriate in line with FA policy.
All current John Robinson Soccer USA members who are regularly caring for, supervising, training or being in sole charge of children and young people will be required to complete a CRC Enhanced Disclosure via The FA CRC Unit.
If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of John Robinson Soccer USA 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 CRB Unit Enhanced Disclosure and that all decisions will be made in the best interests of children and young people.
It is accepted that John Robinson Soccer USA 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 minimise the risk of ‘grooming’ within our services.
John Robinson Soccer USA supports The FA’s Whistle blowing Policy. Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can ‘whistle blow’ by contacting The FA Safeguarding Team on 0844 980 8200 4787, by writing to The FA Case Manager at The Football Association, Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London SW10 9EQ or alternatively by going direct to the Police, Children’s Social Care or the NSPCC. John Robinson Soccer USA encourages everyone to know about it and utilise it if necessary.
John Robinson Soccer USA has appointed John Robinson, as the organisation’s Welfare Officer in line with The FA’s role profile and required completion of the Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officers Workshop. The post holder will be involved with Welfare Officer training provided by The FA and/or County FA. John Robinson is the first point of contact for all John Robinson Soccer USA members regarding concerns about the welfare of any child or young person. John Robinson will liaise directly with the County FA (CFA) Welfare Officer and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns. John will also play a proactive role in increasing awareness of Respect, poor practice and abuse amongst John Robinson Soccer USA members.
We acknowledge and endorse The FA’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at the John Robinson Soccer USA. If bullying does occur, all players, staff, volunteers, trustees or associate partners should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents need to be reported to John Robinson.
Respect codes of conduct for participants, parents/spectators, staff, volunteers, trustees and associate partners have been implemented by John Robinson Soccer USA. To validate these Respect codes of conduct John Robinson Soccer USA has clear actions it will take regarding repeated or serious misconduct and acknowledges the possibility of potential sanctions which may be implemented by John Robinson Soccer USA in more serious circumstances.
Reporting your concerns about the welfare of a child or young person. 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.
i. If you are worried about a child then you need to report your concerns to John Robinson Soccer USA Welfare Officer.
ii. If the issue is one of poor practice John Robinson Soccer USA Welfare Officer will either:
• deal with the matter themselves or
• seek advice from the local Welfare Officer
iii. If the concern is more serious – possible child abuse, where possible, contact the Sussex County FA Welfare Officer first, then immediately contact the Police or Children’s Social Care.
iv. If the child needs immediate medical treatment take them to a hospital or call an ambulance and tell them this is a child protection concern. Let John Robinson Soccer USA Welfare Officer know what action you have taken, they in turn will inform the County FA Welfare Officer.
v. If at any time, you are not able to contact John Robinson Soccer USA Welfare Officer or the matter is clearly serious then you can either:
• contact the County FA Welfare Officer directly
• contact the Police or Children’s Social Care
• call the NSPCC 24 hour Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000 or text 88858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NB – The FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures are available via www.TheFA.com/Footballsafe – click on the ‘downloads’ under Policy and Procedures. The policy outlines in detail what to do if you are concerned about the welfare of a child and includes flow diagrams which describe this process. How to make a referral is also covered in the Safeguarding Children workshop. Participants are given the opportunity to discuss how this feels and how best they can prepare themselves to deal with such a situation. For more information on this workshop contact the Sussex County FA Welfare Officer.