SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN POLICY
The purpose and scope of this policy
TOTAL 14 FOOTBALL ACADEMY LIMITED acknowledges its responsibility to protect and 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 and welcoming environment for all those actively involved in planned sessions. This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of TOTAL 14 FOOTBALL ACADEMY LIMITED including directors, senior managers and paid staff.
• 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, race, sexual orientation, faith or belief;
• All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately;
• We acknowledge that every child or young person who participates in any activity carried out by TOTAL 14 FOOTBALL ACADEMY LIMITED should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse and recognises that it is the responsibility of every adult involved in our company.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England. A summary of the key legislation is available from www.nspcc.org/learning.
We will seek to keep children safe by:
• Valuing, listening and respecting them;
• Adopting child protection and safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff and volunteers;
• Providing effective management for staff and volunteers, ensuring that the necessary security checks are made and qualifications (Enhanced CRC with Barring List) obtained;
• Using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with the agencies and organisation that need to know;
• Using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately;
• Creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring our procedure helps us deal with bullying when it does arise;
• Ensuring we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place, and that staff and volunteers are aware of those measures;
Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO)
TOTAL 14 FOOTBALL ACADEMY LIMITED has appointed a child protection and safeguarding officer and deputy whose names are available in the contact details section of this policy. If any worker who has any child safety concerns, then they should discuss them with him/her. He/she will take on the following responsibilities:
• Ensuring that the policy is being put into practice;
• Being the first point of contact for child protection issues;
• Keeping a record of any concerns expressed about child protection issues;
• Bringing any child protection concerns to the notice of the Company Director, and contacting the Local Authority if appropriate;
• Ensuring that paid staff and volunteers are given appropriate supervision;
• Ensuring that everyone involved with the organisation is aware of the identity of the Child Protection Representative.
The policy will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that it is meeting its aims.
• A group of children or young people under sixteen should not be left unattended at any time.
• Avoid being alone with an individual child or young person for a long time. If there is a need to be alone with a child or young person (e.g. first aid or he/she is distressed) make sure that another worker knows where you are and why.
• At no time should a volunteer or worker from any external organisation arrange to meet a young person away from the activity without someone else being there.
• Teenage assistants should always be supervised.
1. Make sure that the area you are using for activities is fit for the purpose, e.g. remove furniture, which could cause injury in energetic games.
2. Make sure that all workers and assistants know
• Where the emergency phone is and how to operate it
• Where the first aid kit is
• Who is responsible for First Aid and how to record accidents or injuries in the incident book
• What to do in the event of a fire or other emergency
3. Do not let children go home without an adult unless the parent has specifically said they may do so. Never let a child go with another adult unless the parent has informed you that this will happen.
Workers and assistants are by far the most valuable resource the group has for working with young people. When recruiting and selecting paid workers and volunteers the following steps will be taken:
• Completion of an application form;
• An interview by three people from the Committee, who will take the final decision;
• Identifying reasons for gaps in employment, and other inconsistencies in the application;
• Checking of the applicants’ identity (passport, driving license, etc.);
• Taking up references prior to the person starting work;
• Ensuring criminal record checks have been carried out through relevant local agencies approved by the Criminal Records Bureau;
• Taking appropriate advice before employing someone with a criminal record;
• Allowing no unaccompanied access to children until all of the above have been completed;
• A probationary period of 3 months for new paid workers and volunteers;
• On-going supervision of paid workers and volunteers;
• Ensuring good practice is followed in working with children and young people by providing appropriate training and guidance;
What is child protection?
Child protection is the response to the different ways in which a young person’s or child’s physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual health are damaged by the actions of another person.
What you should do
1. Listen to the child/young person
2. Look at them directly and do not promise to keep any secrets before you know what they are, but always let the child/young person know if, and why, you are going to tell anyone
3. Look at them directly and do not promise to keep any secrets before you know what they are, but always let the child/young person know if, and why, you are going to tell anyone
4. Take whatever is said to you seriously and help the child/young person to trust his/her own feelings. Take notes of exactly what is said to you avoiding assumptions and conjecture.
5. It is not the role of the worker to investigate any allegations (this would contaminate evidence if a situation went to court). Any disclosure by a child/young person must be reported to the Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) or his/her deputy.
6. Speak immediately to the Local Authority or NSPCC for further advice and guidance.
Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO)
Mr. Michael Hellier
TOTAL 14 DIRECTOR
Tel: 07976 184263
Mr. Craig Hellier
TOTAL 14 DIRECTOR
Tel: 07712 260901
0808 800 5000