Port Vale Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy
Child Protection and Safeguarding Statement
Port Vale Football Club is committed to safeguarding children and young people and we expect everyone who works at the club to share this commitment. This policy sets out how we will deliver these responsibilities. This policy should be read in conjunction with “Keeping children safe in education” (September 2016) and alongside “Working together to safeguard children” (March 2015), a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
We will also follow the procedures as set out by the Stoke-on-Trent Local Safeguarding Board; www.safeguardingchildren.stoke.gov.uk/ccm/portal.
We recognise the importance of providing an environment within the club that will help children feel safe and respected.
This football club recognises its moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with the club at all times. We try to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children and vulnerable adults are respected and valued. We are alert to any signs of abuse and follow our procedures to make sure we are providing strong support and protection at all times.
The procedures contained in this policy and guidelines apply to all staff whether full or part-time and all volunteers.
Safeguarding arrangements in the club and in the academy are underpinned by two key principles:
- Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility; all staff and volunteers should play their part in keeping children safe.
- A child-centered approach with a clear understanding of the needs and views of children.
In line with the law this policy defines a child as anyone under the age of 18 years but reference is also made to vulnerable adults who attend stadium events.
- The welfare of the child is paramount.
- All children, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity have equal rights to protection.
- All staff have an equal responsibility to act on any suspicion or disclosure that may suggest a child is at risk of harm.
- Coaches and staff involved in child protection issues will receive appropriate support.
- There is a climate of support and trust at the club with people displaying the relationship building skills of conveying respect, genuineness and empathy.
- Feelings are recognised and dealt with.
- Each person’s contribution is recognised.
- There is a climate of discussion about issues and problems are dealt with constructively.
- To provide all staff with necessary information to enable them to meet their child protection responsibilities. Stadium staff receive this information at the monthly operations meetings, academy staff at the weekly planning meetings and coaches at the termly update sessions.
- To ensure consistent good practice.
- To demonstrate the club’s commitment with regard to child protection to children, young players, parents and other partners.
- To update the SCR on a regular basis including all staff; full-time, part-time and volunteers who come into contact with children and vulnerable adults.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSO) is Chris Taylor
The Deputy Safeguarding Lead is Sevvy Aslam (Academy)
The DSO reports to the Chief Executive: Colin Garlick (SSM)
This document was reviewed: June 2018