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Kids Playing Soccer

Safeguarding Policy

  1. Introduction

    • Our Academy is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all participants involved, including players, coaches, staff, and volunteers.

    • This safeguarding policy outlines our commitment to promoting the welfare and well-being of young players, protecting them from harm, and providing appropriate support.

  2. Legal Framework

    • Our academy operates in compliance with local, national, and international laws and regulations relating to child protection and safeguarding.

    • We adhere to the principles and guidelines provided by relevant governing bodies and sports organizations.

  3. Roles and Responsibilities

    • The academy's management, coaches, and staff have clear roles and responsibilities in safeguarding young players.

    • Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs) are appointed to oversee and implement the safeguarding policy and procedures.

    • All individuals associated with the academy, including volunteers and contractors, must undergo appropriate vetting and training.

  4. Recruitment and Selection

    • Thorough background checks, including enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, are conducted for all individuals working directly with young players.

    • Recruitment processes prioritize qualifications, experience, and suitability for working with children.

  5. Code of Conduct

    • A code of conduct is established to define acceptable behavior and expectations for all individuals involved with the academy.

    • This code of conduct applies to players, coaches, staff, parents, and spectators.

    • The code emphasizes respect, fairness, and the prohibition of any form of abuse, discrimination, or bullying.

  6. Risk Assessment and Management

    • Regular risk assessments are conducted to identify potential hazards and risks to the welfare and safety of young players.

    • Appropriate measures are implemented to mitigate identified risks, ensuring a safe and secure environment for all participants.

  7. Reporting and Responding to Concerns

    • All individuals associated with the academy are encouraged to report any concerns or suspicions regarding the welfare or safety of young players.

    • Reported concerns are taken seriously, and a clear reporting procedure is in place to ensure prompt action and appropriate support.

    • Information is treated confidentially and shared only on a need-to-know basis.

  8. Education and Training

    • Coaches, staff, and volunteers receive regular training on child protection, safeguarding policies, and procedures.

    • Awareness sessions are provided to players, parents, and guardians to promote understanding and vigilance in safeguarding matters.

  9. Partnership and Collaboration

    • The academy collaborates with relevant organizations, such as local authorities, child protection agencies, and other sports clubs, to share best practices and enhance safeguarding efforts.

    • The academy promotes open communication and partnership with parents and guardians to ensure the welfare of young players.

  10. Review and Monitoring

    • This safeguarding policy is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect changes in legislation, best practices, and the evolving needs of young players.

    • The implementation of the policy is monitored to ensure its effectiveness and continuous improvement.

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