Child Protection Policy

Greetland Goldstars Junior Football Club aims to provide the safest environment possible for all children who train and play for the club. The safety and well being of any child that we come in contact with is our first priority. The club adheres to the Football Association guidelines on all matters concerning child protection and all Managers, Coaches and Assistants are certified and registered with the West Riding F.A to ensure their suitability to supervise children.

Football Association quote ‘Non action is not an option’

We will achive this by:-

Furthermore

Greetland Goldstars Junior Football Club seeks to set the highest standards in behaviour to ensure that the children in our care and watching parents enjoy football in the spirit the game is intended to be played in.

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That all Managers, Coaches and Assistants will set the best possible example in behaviour and attitude.

We will do this by

Child Protection Guidance for Managers, Coaches and Assistants

Contains

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CATEGORIES OF CHILD ABUSE

1. PHYSICAL ABUSE

  1. Situations where adults physically hurt or injure young people by means of hitting, shaking, squeezing, biting or burning.
  2. The giving of alcohol, cigarettes, drugs or poisons to young persons.
  3. Attempting to suffocate or drown young persons.
  4. The use of excessive or inappropriate training.
  5. Ignoring a young persons basic physical needs, such as food and warm clothing.
  6. Leaving a child unsupervised repeatedly or for long periods of time.

2. SEXUAL ABUSE

  1. Full sexual intercourse, masturbation, oral sex, fondling or anal intercourse.
  2. The showing of pornographic material in the form of magazines, books, photographs or videos to young persons.
  3. The taking of inappropriate photographs of the young persons.
  4. Inappropriate touching or physical contact during training exercises or during treatment of injuries.

3. EMOTIONAL ABUSE

  1. Situations where there is a persistent lack of love, affection or attention shown to a young person.
  2. Situations of overprotection of young persons, denying them the right to socialise.
  3. Young persons who are frequently shouted at or taunted.
  4. Consistent criticism or undue pressure to perform to high expectations. To expect standards above what can be reasonably attained by the individual.

4. BULLYING

  1. Taking many forms, physically it can be hitting, kicking, biting or even theft. Any act of violence towards an individual is deemed to be bullying. It can also be any form of unwanted physical contact.
  2. It can be verbal by racist remarks, homophobic remarks, threats or teasing. It can also be spreading rumours, graffiti or gestures.
  3. It can be emotional by excluding an individual or isolating by encouraging others to exclude an individual.

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BULLYING POLICY

This football Club recognises the right for all young persons to enjoy developing their footballing ability and socialising with others free from any form of bullying as laid out in The Football Associations Child Protection Procedures and Practices Handbook. The club takes seriously any occurrence defined as bullying whether it be by players, parents or officials and will investigate, council, support or sanction any individuals involved within the club.

All people representing the club will conduct themselves within the guidelines given to Managers, Assistants and Coaches. The guidelines given to players and the guidelines given to parents. Failure to do so may result in sanctions laid down within this document, with a right of appeal within the constitution of the club.

Managers, Assistants and Coaches.

  1. Will always set an example of encouragement rather than blame in all football situations. They will not use racist language at any time.
  2. Will not over extend any young person physically by setting drills which are obviously beyond the physical capability of any individual.
  3. Will not encourage any young person to do anything not within the spirit of the game.
  4. Will endeavour not to be alone with any young person without other young persons, parents or other officials present.
  5. Will intervene if they observe any behaviour deemed to be ‘ bullying’ mentioned in the previous section under categories of child abuse. They will request that the specific behaviour stops, in a polite manner. They may offer a more desirable example of behaviour.
  6. Managers have the right to ask a young person to take a break to calm down. To exclude a young person from any activity for 5 minutes if their behaviour is outside the guidelines issued to players, providing that they remain on the touchline (within the control of the Manager). The person will have the unacceptable behaviour pointed out to them.
  7. If bullying behaviour occurs more than once with young persons under our supervision, the Manager will bring this to the attention of the parents concerned.
  8. Managers will talk to bullies and victims separately when investigating any occurrence reported to them.
  9. Managers will make written records of any bullying occurrence and maintain those records. They will record the date, setting, account of what happened, who was involved and what actions occurred afterwards. If the bullying is of a serious or persistent nature, the nominated Child Protection person must be informed. Any written occurrence must be brought to the next full committee meeting.
  10. Managers will continue to monitor victims following an occurrence to ensure support and well being of the individual concerned and their parents. If necessary a follow up meeting will take place.
  11. Managers will report any occurrence to the Club Child Protection nominated person, and at the monthly committee meeting. Any sanctions imposed will be discussed and issued at the meeting. The executive members of the committee will not sit on this panel to maintain impartiality in the case of appeal.
  12. Sanctions approved by the club are ~
    • To ask for an apology to the victim.
    • To ask for financial compensation for damage to property of the club or the victim.
    • To issue a one match ban of the player.
    • To place the player on a one month good behaviour probationary period.
    • Reviewed at the following monthly meeting.
    • To exclude from the club.

N.B. Players parents have the right of appeal to the executive members of the committee at a specially arranged meeting

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CHILD ABUSE CODE OF CONDUCT FOR MANAGERS, COACHES AND ASSISTANTS

Always be public and open when working with children or young people. Avoid situations where yourself and any young individual are completely unobserved. Ensure for example that if you assign anyone to individually go through goalkeeping drills in a one on one situation, that this is done alongside others.

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR TREATMENT AND CHANGING ROOMS

INDICATIONS THAT A CHILD MIGHT BE BEING ABUSED.

Indications that a young person may be being abused include ~

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SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR MANAGERS, COACHES & ASSISTANTS

It is important that all people involved with helping the children associated with Greetland Goldstars Junior Football Club are aware of their responsibilities when acting on behalf of the club.

Firstly that all our Managers, Coaches and Assistants are certified child protection card holders and registered with the club. That all of these people have a copy of this entire document. That we ensure that they always have their guidance available in case of an occurrence, and that we have quantified that they understand their responsibilities by verbal questioning from the nominated club child welfare officer, and that they have signed their own declaration on the club register.

Secondly, all new Managers, Coaches or Assistants attend the induction presentation so they are afforded the same advice, guidance and certification prior to being allowed to supervise children or young persons without a qualified club person present. That we also inform parents/carers of their responsibilities and that of the children during our supervision.

The guidance given in this document on child protection will hopefully be something that we never have to refer to, but even though we might not like to deal with it, we must be aware that ‘non action is not an option’. Therefore we should also be aware of any support we can expect from the club or the F.A. if we do have to deal with a child abuse situation.

All parents and children will have received copies of their responsibilities in written form and within that should be stated acceptable and non-acceptable behaviours. If behaviour strays from acceptable deal with it in a calm manner and if sufficiently serious you should inform the Child Welfare Officer and the secretary of the club. Providing that club procedures have been followed sanctions will be discussed at committee meetings and moral and emotional support will be given. The club carries an insurance indemnity for anyone acting on its behalf to cover any legal proceedings. The F.A also carry the same cover for anyone who acts in child abuse cases providing that the procedures they recommend have been followed, and that as specified they have been duly informed and all actions are documented. This cover exists for anyone who believes at the time that they are acting in the child’s best interest even if allegations are subsequently unfounded.

The club nominated person will always give guidance and support and if necessary act on behalf of the club with any authorities involved. It is important that any occurrences are reported to the club nominated person and that he retains a copy of any reports you write following an occurrence.

The F.A also offer support and guidance through the West Riding nominated person (see the top of the pageof this document for details).

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In addition, and in partnership with the NSPCC, The Football Association opened The F.A./NSPCC Child Protection Helpline, 0800 023 2642. This is a 24 hour telephone line for children and adults to ask for advice or report child protection issues on a confidential and, if required, anonymous basis.

NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000

The FA is launching a new Report Racism Freephone line. This is targeted at all levels of the game, particularly grassroots football. Football has made great efforts to remove racism and, in the professional game, the work of Kick it Out and Show Racism the Red Card has produced noted improvements. As well as supporting these and other initiatives, The FA promotes anti-racist messages at England matches. Although it is thought racist incidents occur at grassroots level matches, very few are reported.

The message is simple: racial abuse is unacceptable, illegal and will be acted upon. Incidents should be reported to The FA’ s new Report Racism line.
Freephone: 0800 085 0508 or e-mail: FootballforAll@TheFA.com

Report Racism 0800 085 0508

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Child Protection Guidance for Managers, Coaches and Assistants

Categories of Child Abuse

Bulling Policy

Child Abuse Code of Conduct for Managers, Coaches and Assistants

Code of Conduct for Treatment and Changing Rooms

Indications that a Child might be being abused

Suppost Systems for Managers, Coaches and Assistants

NSPCC Helpline

Report Racism