Every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in football.
Shrewsbury Town Football Club recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying.
Shrewsbury Town Football Club is therefore committed to working to provide a safe environment for all children and young people to participate in the sport to the best of their abilities for as long as they choose to do so.
Shrewsbury Town Football Club recognises that:
The child's welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration
All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation
All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents and carers is essential
The purpose of the policy is to:
- Provide protection for the Players of Shrewsbury Town Football Club
- Provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a learner may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm
This policy applies to all staff, including 1st team staff, non coaching staff and board members; paid staff; volunteers and sessional workers; or anyone working on behalf of Shrewsbury Town Football Club
We will seek to safeguard all players by:
- Valuing them, listening to them, and respecting them
- Adopting safeguarding guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
- Recruiting staff safely
- Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need it, and involving learners and their parents/carers appropriately
Shrewsbury Town Football Club is committed to working in partnership with the Police, Social Services Departments, and local Safeguarding Children's Boards (LSCB) Committees (ACPC) in accordance with their procedures.
This is essential to enable these organisations to carry out their statutory duties to investigate concerns and protect all children and young people.
If you have any concerns please contact our Academy Safeguarding Officer Sarah Gibbons on [email protected]