Safeguarding Children – Our Lady’s Youth FC
At this football club, we want to ensure that our young footballers can play the game in an environment that is safe, enjoyable, welcoming and inclusive. To this end, we take care to try and ensure that our young people have the opportunity to play and train on good quality pitches and with good equipment.
Our managers and coaches are DBS checked and are required to complete the FA Safeguarding Children and Emergency Life Support workshops. We encourage our coaches to attend FA coaching courses and to try to put on sessions that are instructive, age-appropriate and fun.
We have tried to create a club environment that is safe and supportive, where friends and families are welcome and where we encourage everybody involved in the club – managers, coaches, players, referees, helpers, parents and supporters – to behave in a positive, appropriate and encouraging manner at all times. To support this, the club has agreed and put in place Coach, Player and Parent Codes of Conduct, which we should all try to adhere to.
However, in any football club, things may not go right all the time. If anybody does have any concerns regarding a safeguarding or child welfare issue, then it is important that they bring the matter to the attention of an appropriate person as soon as practicable.
If the matter is of a serious or urgent nature, then contact the police or the on-call duty social worker at the local authority. For other less serious and non-urgent issues, then you can contact me or another member of the club committee if I am not available. You can also get advice from the NSPCC who operate a 24 hour helpline or from the FA County Welfare Officer at the London FA.
Safeguarding Children is everybody’s responsibility and at this club, we ask you to work with us to help us make the environment at our club as safe, positive and enjoyable as possible.
Thank you
Martin Hills
Club Welfare Officer
Useful contact details
Club Welfare Officer – 07525 744172 – mrtnhills@yahoo.co.uk
NSPCC Helpline – 0808 800 5000
Childline -0800 1111
London FA County Welfare Officer – Yasmin Dyer – Yasmin.dyer@londonfa.com