Safeguarding Commitment - Kewford Eagles
Along with 97% of grassroots clubs in the country, Kewford Eagles have signed their Safeguarding Commitment to The FA last week.
This commitment was made on The FA Whole Game System (the secure website through which all clubs do their business with The FA) and covers four points:
The Safeguarding Commitment does not change any of Kewford's long-standing policies or procedures, which are already robust in this area. As a result of the work that went into making the Safeguarding Commitment, the club has invested in a number of volunteers to bring them up to the recognised level of FA First Aider. We have arranged a Safeguarding and a First Aid course with The FA to take place in January.
Safeguarding and First Aid courses must be kept in-date by coaches and we often struggle to find available spaces locally - this season, the Stourbridge League has received support from The FA to put on some additional courses so keeping coaches in-date should be much easier in the future.
We will be trialling an idea to increase the visibility of our qualified coaches over the next two months and we ask that during January all coaching sessions and matches are run entirely by our Level 1 (or above) qualified coaches. Starting the first weekend in February we will re-introduce volunteer helpers, again with more visibility and recognition for the valuable role they perform at the club.
Managers and coaches have been informed and we have asked that if there are any logistical issues during January, let us know and we will ensure sessions are staffed appropriately.
The rules are simple in this area - if you would like to work with children at the club in any capacity you MUST make yourself known to our Child Welfare Officer, Lynn Boleyn. Lynn will provide instructions on how to complete your FA CRC and discuss with you how to register for FA Safeguarding and FA First Aid courses or The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course if that is more appropriate.
The FA have stated that clubs should be aware that Child Safeguarding Procedures are likely to be put to the test over the next few months, certainly by County FA and League spot checks and there is even a possibilty that undercover jounalists may attempt to test club procedures in this area in light of the Child Abuse in Football investigations that are ongoing.
Remember that all volunteers must be verified by our own Child Welfare Officer. In the case of volunteers who have DBS checks through organisations external to football (police officers, teachers, etc) they must still complete The FA CRC, Safeguarding and First Aid. For coaches coming to the club from other football clubs, the Child Welfare Officer and Club Secretary will verify existing qualifications through The FA Whole Game System.
If you have any queries about the steps Kewford are taking to Safeguard our young players, please speak to:
Child Welfare Officer - Lynn Boleyn MBE - 01384 830862 or 07747 563623
Club Secretary - Matt Adamson - 07817 838840
Chairman - Lee Small - 01384 291590 or 07746 683525
For information, the FA have commissioned the NSPCC to set up a specific helpline to encourage anyone who has ever been affected by child abuse in football to come forward. The number to call is 0800 023 2642.
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