The following information is for our coaches, parents and players giving helpful hints and advice so we can all stay safe and enjoy football.
Dedicated helpline launched with support of the FA as more footballers speak up about sexual abuse in the game.
Following revelations by Andy Woodward, Steve Walters and Paul Stewart about the abuse they suffered as young footballers, the NSPCC launched a dedicated football hotline for victims of abuse on 23 November, supported by the FA.
The free helpline is available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642.
Greetland Goldstars Child Welfare Officer is : Stuart Blagbrough. Email: email@example.com
Child Welfare and inclement weather
Advice for Parents and Carers
Whilst the club have a strict Child Welfare policy which is detailed on the club website, it is your responsibility as a parent or guardian to ensure that your child is dressed accordingly for the weather conditions when your child plays football. Games are called off if the pitch is dangerous to play on but winter football can be a cold game and your children need to be suitably dressed. Please take note of the following points :-
- We recognise as a club that it is difficult during cold weather for players on the touchline so we will as a club endevour to rotate substitutes where possible so players are not stood still in cold or wet weather for prolonged periods.
- As a minimum, your child should come to matches during winter months with a coat/training jacket (most teams have these supplied by the club or sponsors) to wear above their kit. Under kit thermals are also an excellent idea and are available in sports outlets for as little as £6.99 a set.
- I understand that all players have been supplied a sweatshirt by the club. This was a considerable expense to the club and these should be worn at all games and removed if playing. If your child does not have one of these, please inform your coach or Manager.
- You should take into account weather conditions when deciding if any further clothing is required. For example, if you assume your child may at some point be a substitute at some part during a match, have they got something warm to put on for that time? I know players and some managers do not like players to wear gloves, beanie type hats and tracksuit bottoms when playing but if players came to matches wearing these, it would be beneficial for them to use these garments if on the touchline for a period of time.
- When bringing your child to a match, please assess the conditions before deciding to stay for the game or not. Although we have a certain responsibility for your child whilst in our care, you are the best person to identify any distress your child is suffering and inform the Manager. Please also remember that during inclement weather games can be cancelled part way through a game and the last thing we want is for your child to be stood freezing cold and/or wet waiting for their parent to return at the time the match should finish.
Safe Internet Use
Are you using the internet safely?
Once you have placed something on the internet it is in the public domain – that means anyone can access it, change it and share it with others.
Bear this in mind when you are using the internet. As a Club we will :-
- get parental permission to use any photos of players
- not name players who feature in photographs
Players and Managers, Coaches:-
- If a player is concerned about the way someone has communicated with them online, report this to our Club Welfare Officer (Stuart Blagbrough )
- If you use the internet to communicate with players be aware of what you say and how you say it
- Best practice would be to avoid engaging in one to one conversations with players via chat rooms (Facebook, Bebo etc)
- If you are concerned about the way a player is attempting to contact you via the internet e.g. using a social networking site or a chat area, speak to our Club Welfare Officer immediately
- Remember you are in a position of trust as a coach, team manager or referee.
Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006) (SVGA), was drafted following the death of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman and aims to prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults. This Act will have an impact on football for Under 18s and The FA has worked hard to ensure the voice of football has been heard and understood by Government.
|Click HERE to read the FA's Official Statement|