THE BARKING & DAGENHAM Schools’ Football Association (Primary) recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people entrusted to its care by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm, poor practice, neglect, bullying and abuse. The BDSFA Committee, which oversees all aspects of primary schools’ football including representative football, is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all those who participate in any District Team activities. All primary schools in the borough are expected to endorse and adhere to this policy.
Every child or young person who plays or participates in sport should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse of any kind. This is the responsibility of every adult involved. The B.D.S.F.A. committee will play a proactive role in increasing awareness of poor practice and will address, whenever possible, verbal abuse and / or bullying of children by others, including parents, coaches and indeed other children. This aspect of the policy is supported by the F.A. Respect Programme.
The key principles of this Child Welfare and Safeguarding Children Policy are:
- The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration.
- All children and young persons 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 persons and their parents or carers is essential.
The policy in accordance with the F.A.’s Safeguarding Children Regulation applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. The BDSFA ensures that all those teachers and volunteers who have direct contact with the children will be subject to scrutiny in accordance with FA guidelines. CRB Enhanced Disclosure via the ESFA/FA is required for teachers and other adults who manage or organise the District teams. A Code of Conduct for players, parents and spectators operates.
BDSFA has in accordance with ESFA / FA policy appointed an Association Child Welfare Officer who has attended the designated person’s training provided by the Essex County FA on behalf of the FA. The CWO has attended the Safeguarding children workshop and the Child Welfare officer course run by Essex County F.A. The Child Welfare Officer is the first point of contact for children, parents or guardians regarding concerns for the welfare of any child. When appropriate, the Child Welfare Officer will liaise with the Borough’s Child Protection officer and / or the ESFA. District representative teams are selected from children who have been nominated by their schools and as such the designated person within the child’s school may be contacted should this be appropriate.