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Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy & Procedures


Raising a concern

You do not need to have firm evidence before raising a concern. But we do ask that you explain as fully as you can the information or circumstances that gave rise to your concern.

 

Step 1

If you have a concern of any form of safeguarding poor practice or abuse, raise it first with the Head of Department, who will raise it with the club’s Safeguarding Team.

 

Step 2

If you feel unable to raise the matter with the HoD for whatever reason, raise the matter with the club’s Safeguarding Team.

 

Step 3

If you feel the Safeguarding Team has not handled the concern appropriately you should contact the club’s Sporting Director. If these channels have been followed and you still have concerns, or if you feel that the matter is so serious that you cannot discuss it with any of the above, you should contact the Birmingham County FA  Safeguarding Lead on 0121 357 4278 or email: support@birminghamfa.com

 

 For a flowchart of the process to follow, please see Appendices 1, 2 and 3.



Managing allegations against employees, workers, consultant’s agency staff and volunteers


Should a concern arise about an employee, worker, consultant, agency staff or volunteer’s conduct in relation to a child or young person, this should be reported to the club’s Safeguarding Team who will take such steps as considered necessary to ensure the safety of the child or young person in question, and any other person who may be at risk. The person raising the concern should complete the club’s Safeguarding Concern Form (Appendix 8). When managing an allegation against an employee, worker, consultant, agency staff or volunteer the Safeguarding Team will follow this process:


·        The allegation will be referred to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)/Designated Person at the Local Authority and/or the Police;

·        The parent/carer of the child or young person will be contacted as soon as possible, following advice from statutory agencies;

·        Senior Management will be notified and if applicable The FA;

·        If a member of the Safeguarding Team is the subject of an allegation, the report must be made to the Sporting Director, who will refer the allegation to the appropriate statutory agencies;

·        If required, a full investigation and possible sanction in accordance with the club’s Disciplinary Policy for employees will follow. Workers, consultants, or agency workers may have their Agreements terminated.

·        Referrals as appropriate will be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)


For a flowchart of the process to follow, please see Appendix 3.


Managing concerns for a child or young person

Any concern relating to the abuse of a child or young person by another child or young person must be dealt with through this Policy and Procedure. Any such concern should be reported immediately to the HoD who will inform the Safeguarding Team.


Making a referral

All employees, workers, consultants, agency staff and volunteers should complete the club’s Safeguarding Concern Form (Appendix 8) after referring any case to the HoD and/or Safeguarding Team. The Safeguarding Team will contact the relevant Local Authority Children’s Services Team completing their Referral Form and update the Safeguarding Concern Form for the club’s records.


What to do if a child or young person is in danger of immediate harm

The first priority is to ensure the child or young person is in a safe place, away from the alleged perpetrator. Emergency services should be summoned whenever a situation is felt to be beyond the control of employees, casual workers, agency staff, consultants, or volunteers. In addition, employees, workers, consultants, agency staff and volunteers should have, readily available, all the contact numbers of the club’s Safeguarding Team, HoDs, colleagues, or other services which can assist in an emergency or urgent situation (Appendix 9). Report the matter to the Safeguarding Team and/or People Director at the earliest opportunity.


 

In the absence of the Safeguarding Team and/or Sporting Director, contact The FA NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk and/or the police on 101 for help and to ensure the correct procedure is followed




 
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