Hadleigh Youth Football Club acknowledge 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 football activity.
We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to taken part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse. Hadleigh Youth Football Club recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.
We endorse and adopt The FA's Responsible Recruitment guidelines for recruiting volunteers and we will:
Hadleigh Youth Football Club 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 Regulations (see the FA Handbook) applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This means whether you are a volunteer, match official, helper on club tours, football coach, club official or medical staff.
All current Hadleigh Youth Football Club members 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. We will ensure that these are verified in line with the regulations (i.e. repeated every 3 years).
If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of Hadleigh Youth Football Club 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 CRC process and that all suitability decisions will be made in accordance with legislations and in the best interests of children and young people.
It is accepted that The FA 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 football.
Any concerns about the suitability or conduct of Hadleigh Youth Football Club Members should be raised with coaches if this is suitable. However- should raising such concerns not be appropriate then you should raise these with the Club Welfare Officer, Phillip Bourne, on 07961 812 942.
If your concern relates to the Club Welfare Officer - you should raise this with the Safeguarding Team at Essex County Football Association.