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Cradley Sports Club - Child protection policy

1) Cradley Sports Club acknowledges its responsibilities 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 its members. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any club 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.

2) The key principles of the FA child protection policy are that :-

- the childs welfare is, and always must 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 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 or carers is essential.

We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in sport should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse.

Cradley Sports Club recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult in our club.

3) Cradley Sports Club has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them form 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 sport whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This includes those who are a volunteer, match official, helper on club tours, coach, club official or medical staff.

4) 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 applicants and where possible conduct interviews before appointing.

- request and follow up with two referees before appointing.

- require a CRB Unit Enhanced disclosure where appropriate in line with FA guidelines.

All current Cradley Sports Club members with direct access to children and young people will be required to complete a CRB Enhanced Disclosure . If there are any concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of Cradley Sports Club, guidance will be sought from the Football Association or other ruling sports bodies as appropriate. It is noted and accepted that the FA will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via the CRB Enhanced CRB Disclosure 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 or 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 sport.

Cradley Sports Club supports the FA’s “whistle blowing” policy. Any adults or young person with concerns about a colleague can “whistle blow” by contacting The FA child protection manager on 0207 745 4771 , by writing to the FA case manager at the Football Association or other sports controlling bodies or by going directly to the Police, Social Services or the NSPCC.
Cradley Spots Club encourages everyone to know about it and utilise it if necessary.

6) Cradley Sports Club has appointed a 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 designated person’s training provided by the FA. The CWO 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 CFA CPO and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns. They will also play an active role in increasing an awareness of poor practice and abuse amongst club members.

7) We acknowledge and endorse the FA’s identification of 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 CWO , a member of any of the standing committees , or in serious bullying contact the CFA CPO.

8) Codes of conduct for players , parents, spectators, officials and coaches have been built into the clubs Constitution . Under the Constitution, any contravention of the codes of conduct will be dealt with by the Managements Committee’s disciplinary actions. Any misconduct may result in sanctions by leagues or the CFA in more serious circumstances. All prospective members will be informed of these codes.

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