How parents can ensure a football club is safe for their child
Parents can do their own research before signing their child up to a sports club, by asking questions such as, is the club affiliated to any governing body accreditation scheme. Affiliated clubs have to show they are committed to protecting children, and parents can take concerns to the national body. Ask who can be contacted at the club if you have a concern. Every club should someone responsible for child safeguarding. Find out if the club has an up-to-date safeguarding policy. Clubs should have a child protection policy explaining how to deal with concerns about poor practice or abuse. You should be given a copy when your child joins. Check if the club has a code of conduct for coaches and volunteers. There should be a written code of conduct explaining what is required of them, as well as of children and their families. Make sure the club conducts police background checks, asks for references, and has induction processes in place for volunteers as well as coaches.
Safety is crucial at clubs