Higher Bebington Junior Football Club is committed to providing a safe and supervised environment, where children and young people of all ages can develop, be part of a team and enjoy their football skills.
The following legislation informs us as to the requirements placed upon organisations to ensure that children, young people and vulnerable adults are protected from harm.
- The Children Act 1989
- 1999 Protection of Children Act
- Working Together to Safe Guard Children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children Department of Health (1999)
- ‘Safe from Harm’ best practice guidelines for all organisations issued by the Home Office in 1993
- The Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults Order (2003)
- 1997 Sex Offenders Act
- Sexual Offences Act 2003
In line with this legislation all adults have a duty to protect children, young people & vulnerable adults from physical, emotional and sexual abuse or harm. A Child is defined as a person under the age of 18 (The Children Act 1989). HBJFC also has a duty under this legislation to safeguard all children/young people and vulnerable adults from harm, in order to comply with the legislation the Football Club will ensure the safe care of children/young people and vulnerable adults through the adherence of its ‘Child Protection Policy’
As a committed organisation for safe care we shall ensure that we are open and honest in the following ways:
- We shall provide parents, children & young people with information about what we do and what they can expect from us
- Making sure that our volunteers are checked as thoroughly as we can with the systems which are directly & currently available to us
- Ensuring that Managers/Coaches and any person connected to the club who will have direct contact with the players receive the relevant training. Awareness of the child protection policy and procedures being part of this training
- Informing children/young people and their parents on how they can report any concerns they have in a supportive & open manner
We shall also protect volunteers against false allegations by:
- Observing good practice guides in relation to the appropriate balance of male and female Managers/Coaches and other associated volunteers in relation to the gender of the children and young people for whom they are responsible.
- By ensuring that the appropriate number of adults to children is in place
- Ensuring that no single adult is alone with any child at any time, unless it is the child’s carer
- Behaving in a safe manner & developing a culture of appropriate behaviour
- Providing a culture where members are able to challenge inappropriate behaviour in an open and honest manner
- Preventing photographs, video or other images being taken without prior consent of parents/carers or children
- Providing a practical and accessible network of support and consultation for adults.
As a club we shall be committed to making proper arrangements for the supervision of children and young people who play for the club. These arrangements will help minimise opportunities for children and young people to suffer harm of any kind within our organisation.
Therefore we shall consider the following when planning our activities:
- The number of children/young people involved
- The age of the children/young people
- The type of activity we are undertaking (whether it is training or a match)
- The place where the activity is to take place
We shall therefore follow some of our basic health & safety guidelines:
- A thorough risk assessment of the venue and the activity has been completed
- Parents have been adequately informed of the activity that is taking place and the venue where it is taking place
- Children & young people will always be supervised by a minimum of two adults
- Children & young people will not be left unattended
- Parents will be made aware of their responsibilities they check that the activity is taking place, it will not be acceptable to just drop the child/young person off
- Supervising adults will be aware at all times where children/young people are, therefore children/young people will be expected to ask permission before they do anything, which may put them at risk
- Dangerous behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated
For the purpose of this policy Child Abuse shall be defined as:
- Emotional Abuse
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse