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Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy

Southend United Football Club Safeguarding Children Policy Statement

Southend United Football Club (SUFC) is committed to working to provide a safe working environment for all members and volunteers and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and expects all staff members and volunteers to share this commitment. This is paramount to the Board.

Policy Principles

The key principles of this Policy are that:

  • The child’s welfare is, and must always be the paramount consideration.
  • All children and young people have the right to safety and protection from abuse and harm regardless of their age, gender, culture, language, disability, racial origin, religious faith, belief and/or sexual identity.
  • 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.

SUFC recognises its duty of care to safeguard all children and young people involved in activities organised by the Club from harm. SUFC acknowledges that all children and young people have the right to protection and the needs of those children and young people who may have additional vulnerabilities must be considered and addressed, these may be: Physical disabilities, Mental Health Needs, Special Education Needs, being a Displaced or Looked After Child.

SUFC will do their upmost to ensure the safety and protection of all children and young people involved in its activities through adherence to; the Safeguarding Policies and Procedures and guidelines adopted by the Club and the EFL Safeguarding, Strategy Standards and Guidance. These policies apply to everyone involved with SUFC as safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children is everyone’s responsibility. This means any person who is employed or deployed to work with or on behalf of SUFC in a paid or voluntary capacity.

Definition: A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 (The Children Act 1989) *Updated September 2020

Policy Aims

The Aim of SUFC Safeguarding Policy is to create a culture of vigilance, promote best practice and to enable staff/volunteers to ensure that we:

  • Value and respect all children and young people.
  • Listen carefully to children and young people about their needs, wishes, ideas and concerns and take what they say seriously. Feedback will be gained verbally & via Compliment & Feedback Forms, the use of online forms/surveys.
  • Provide children and young people with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of SUFC.
  • Provide education and awareness raising, to children and young people and parents to understand their role in safeguarding.
  • Provide relevant safeguarding guidance and training, delivered by appropriate training providers, as appropriate to their role, for staff, players, and volunteers.
  • Ensure all staff/volunteers are alert to signs of behavioural change/abuse and that all suspicions and allegations of abuse are taken seriously, and they are aware of how to make informed and confident responses to specific safeguarding children issues.
  • Work in partnership with other organisations, parents/carers to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
  • Ensure all parents are made aware of SUFC Safeguarding Children Policy and the fact that cases may be referred to the external Statutory Agencies or to The FA if necessary.
  • Endorse and adopt the FA Responsible Recruitment guidelines for recruiting staff and volunteers and as a requirement stipulate that staff and volunteers must read the guidance supplied in ‘KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN EDUCATION 2020’ (KCSIE 2020) (as a minimum part one)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/828312/Keeping_children_safe_in_education.pdf 

*Updated September 2020

*Southend United Football Club is committed to working in partnership with the Police, Social Care Departments, and Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCB) in accordance with their procedures. This is essential to enable these organisations to carry out their statutory duties to investigate concerns and protect all children and young people.

PLEASE NOTE: The LSCB in Southend has now been replaced by The Southend Safeguarding Partnership (SSP) These SC P&P are available to SSP as and when requested.

Scope

This policy covers all Club activities at Roots Hall, Boots & Laces Training Ground, and any external Club managed activities.

*Updated September 2020

NB. All current Southend United Football Club members (and volunteers) working in eligible roles, with children and young people such as managers and coaches are required to hold an in-date FA accepted Enhanced CRC with Barring List check as part of responsible recruitment practice.

SUFC is committed to reviewing its Safeguarding Policy and Procedures annually or within six weeks of the outcome of any serious incident.

If you have any queries or require a full copy of Southend United Football Club’s SC P&P please contact: info@southend-united.co.uk

Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy