At Curley Park Rangers we pride ourselves on our record in Safeguarding and adhering to the kite mark for the protection of children in sport. Whether you are a young player, referee or volunteer helper you are assured that Curley Park Rangers insist on the highest levels of respect across our club and also from visiting clubs and teams.
It is our utmost priority that all children are treated fairly and protected from all forms of misconduct (including abuse of any type). We support 100% the FA Respect program.
All coaches working with under 18 teams in FA Charter Standard Clubs are required to have a ‘Safeguarding Children’ certificate as part of the FA Charter Standard Health Check. The certificate is updated every three years. All coaches at CPR comply with this regulation.
Quote from Nick Levett, FA Talent Identification Manager
‘Children are not mini-adults. They see life through a different lens. They have different values…’ We at CPR will not treat children as mini adults.
From FIFA website – grassroots
Play is the best means of learning. Above all, youngsters should have fun. The essential elements of grassroots football are relationships, team spirit and fun. The concept of learning through play while being guided by a coach-educator is a specific approach designed to reach out to the young and create a process to connect to the future. The coach-educator must be dynamic, uncomplicated, passionate and motivational and must always respect the children’s physical, physiological and psychological characteristics.
RESPECT outlines that a certain standard of organisation and behaviour is expected from everyone in football – whether as a league official, player or parent, club official or coach, and also the referee. RESPECT is all about creating a fun, safe environment and its core principles work in tandem with Safeguarding Children.
Getting the Right People
Most people who get involved in football do so for all of the right reasons; however it’s important that football recognises its responsibility to safeguard and protect children and young people who are involved in football. This responsibility is reinforced by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act, 2006. At CPR we follow The FA’s Responsible Recruitment guidelines. This covers the following:
- The need to clarify what the person would be doing – the role
- What sort of experience and/or qualifications they require
- Who needs a FA DBS and how they can get one
- The importance of references
Let’s make football safe – not sorry.
Dealing with Concerns
At CPR we have in place a,
- Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedure
- Welfare Officer who has passed the FA criminal records check (DBS) and completed the Safeguarding Children Workshop and Welfare Officer Workshop
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility – we make sure all our coaches are familiar with the CPR policy and the procedures for reporting a concern about the welfare of a child.
Report your concerns
If you are worried about a child it is important that you report your concerns – no action is not an option. Follow the steps below.
1. If you are worried about a child then you need to report your concerns to the Club Welfare Officer(firstname.lastname@example.org).
2. If the issue is one of poor practice they will either:
- Deal with the matter themselves or
- Seek advice from the County FA Welfare Officer
- If the concern is more serious – possible child abuse – where possible contact the County FA Welfare Officer first, then immediately contact the Police or Children’s Services
4. If the child needs immediate medical treatment take them to a hospital or call an ambulance and tell them this is a child protection concern. Let your Club Welfare Officer know what action you have taken
5. If at any time you are not able to contact your Club Welfare Officer or the matter is serious then you can either:
- Contact your Surrey County FA Welfare Officer directly
- Call The FA/NSPCC 24 hour Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000
- Contact the Police or Children’s Services