How par­ents can en­sure a foot­ball club is safe for their child

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

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

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