CHILD WELFARE POLICY AND PROCEDURES
Westwood Wanderers Football Club has adopted fully the Football Association’s Child protection Policy, Procedures and Practices and has incorporated it into its Charter Standard application and Constitution. Westwood Wanderers Football Club have adopted such a high priority to this aspect of running a football club for the benefit of children and young people that the Policy, Procedures and Practices have been incorporated fully into the managers manual, (copy of manual enclosed). Each manager and or coach is required to read the document in full and sign, stating that he / she fully understands its contents, application, roles and obligations that come with position. The inclusion of this Child Protection Policy is seen as a clear signal by The Football Association that it and Westwood Wanderers Football Club are determined to ensure all necessary steps are taken to protect from harm, those children and young people who participate in football at all levels. The policy establishes The Football Association’s and Westwood Wanderers Football Club’s position, role and responsibilities and, together with the Procedures Handbook, clarifies what is expected of Westwood Wanderers as a club and individuals associated with Westwood Wanderers Football Club involved in football. It very clearly highlights the importance placed by The Football Association and Westwood Wanderers Football Club on the protection of children and young people. Every child and young person who plays football should be able to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in football.
We, Westwood Wanderers recognise, however, that child abuse is also a very emotive and difficult subject. It is important to understand the feelings involved but not to allow them to interfere with our judgement about any action to be taken.
Westwood Wanderers Football Club recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is determined to meet its obligation to ensure it provides football opportunities for children and young people do so, to the highest possible standard of care. Clear practices and procedures are in place to ensure that everyone knows exactly what is expected of them in relation to the protection of children and young people within our sport. It is essential that those children and young people attracted to and participating in football are able to do so in a quality, safe and enjoyable environment.
In striving to attain this, Westwood Wanderers has the following objectives: To provide ongoing development and training to all managers / coaches and assistants. To provide ongoing development and training opportunities in coaching and Through the process of attaining and maintaining the Charter Standard Development Club Award the aims of Westwood Wanderers Football Club Child Protection Policy are: – To develop a positive and pro-active position in order to best protect all children and young people who play football, enabling them to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment. –
To deliver quality assured child protection training for all managers, coaches, volunteers, assistants etc. – To demonstrate best practice in the area of child protection.
To promote ethics and high standards throughout football. The key principles underpinning this 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, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual identity. Westwood Wanderers Football Club’s policy on child protection is defined in as follows:
1. Any act, statement, conduct or other matter which harms a child or children, or poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children, shall constitute behaviour which is improper and brings the game into disrepute. 2. In these Regulations the expression “Offence” shall mean any one or more of the offences contained in Schedule 1 to the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and any other criminal offence which reasonably causes Westwood Wanderers Football Club to believe that the person accused of the offence poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children.
3. Upon receipt by Westwood Wanderers Football Club of:
3.1 notification that an individual has been charged with an Offence; or
3.2 notification that an individual is the subject of an investigation by the Police, social services or any other authority relating to an Offence; or
3.3 any other information which causes Westwood Wanderers Football Club reasonably to believe that a person poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children then the Executive Committee of Westwood Wanderers Football Club shall have the power to order that the individual be suspended from all or any specific football activity for such period and on such terms and conditions as the club thinks fit.
4. In reaching its determination as to whether an order under Regulation 3 should be made the Executive Committee of Westwood Wanderers Football Club shall give consideration, inter alia, to the following factors:-
4.1 whether a child is or children are or may be at risk of harm;
4.2 whether the matters are of a serious nature;
4.3 whether assistance is necessary or desirable to allow the conduct of any investigation by The Association or any other authority or body to proceed unimpeded.
5. The period of an order referred to in 3 above shall not be capable of lasting beyond the date upon which any charge under the Rules of The Association or any Offence is decided or brought to an end.
6. Where a person is convicted or is made the subject of a caution in respect of an Offence, that shall constitute a breach of the Rules of The Football Association and Westwood Wanderers Football Club, will suspend the person from all or any specific football associated with Westwood Wanderers Football Club for such period indefinitely.
7. Notification in writing of an order referred to above shall be given to the person concerned and/or any club with which he is associated as soon as reasonably practicable.
The Football Association and Westwood Wanderers Football Club through confirming this Policy Document, has indicated its determination to ensure that children and young people can participate in all forms of football activity and do so with their safety being of paramount importance. It is essential that this document is representative of a process of continual improvement in the area of child protection within football. It is for all adults engaged in football activities to promote good practice and procedures, whilst being ever vigilant and aware of their responsibilities towards the children and young people in their care.