Safeguarding for parents
Parents & guardians
Any robust and effective safeguarding system must be underpinned by the principal of 'responsibility for all'. This absolutely and crucially includes parents and carers..... First thing is first. Make sure the club your child joins is affiliated to The Football Association and therefore governed by it's regulations which have safeguarding at the forefront. Be aware that It is still possible for clubs and even leagues to not affiliate to The FA and therefore not be bound by these regulations you would take for granted such as all key volunteers being subject to a criminal record check. If your child is luck enough to be joining a professional club then that is definitely an affiliated club. Make sure when your child joins the club you and your child are given a proper induction. The club should have a 'designated welfare officer' who is in overall charge of safeguarding. Make sure that at the very least you have their contact details and ideally that you meet them or at the very least recognise them. Also make sure you know who you should contact if you have any concerns about your child or another child. At 'SAVE' we advocate the introduction of 'safeguarding committees' to underpin the principal of 'responsibility for all'. WE also recommend that each safeguarding committee has parental representation. Would you approve or even consider becoming that representative ?
Find an FA affiliated club in your area
Click the image above for the FA website where on the page you land you till find this vital tool to ensure that the club your child plays for is affiliated to The FA and most importantly it's safegaurding regulations. If you are looking for an safe environment for your child it is vital you check here first.
Know your 'designated welfare officer'
A recent twitter poll we carried out suggested that two thirds of parents and carers did not know who their child's junior sports club designated welfare officer was with many not knowing that there should even be one. This is the person who has overall responsibility for the welfare of your child whilst at the club. Get to know them and let them get to know you. Click the image or here to learn everything about their role.