Scarborough Athletic Football Club acknowledges our 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 club football 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 The FA 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 football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse.
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.
If you are worried about a child then you need to report your concerns to Steve Machen, the Club Welfare Officer.
If the issue is one of poor practice the Club Welfare Officer will either:
- deal with the matter themselves or
- seek advice from the CFA Welfare Officer
If the concern is more serious – possible child abuse, where possible contact the CFA Welfare Officer first, then immediately contact the Police or Children’s Services.
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 your Club Welfare Officer know what action you have taken, they in turn will inform the CFA Welfare Officer.
If at any time you are not able to contact your Club Welfare Officer or the matter is clearly serious then you can either:
- contact your CFA Welfare Officer directly
- contact the Police or Children’s Services
- call The FA/NSPCC 24 hour Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000 or Deaf users text phone 0800 056 0566
If you are worried about a child, reporting your concerns can help youth football stay safe.
NB – The FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures are available via http://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.
Steve Machen - Welfare Officer
County Football Association’s Welfare Officer
T: 01642 717778
The FA Safeguarding Children general enquiry line: 0845 210 8080
For more information, please click on the links below to download the club safeguarding strategy and procedures: