Milton Keynes City Football Club Child Protection Policy
(Incorporating The Football Association Club Child Protection Policy)
1. Milton Keynes City Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to
safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to
it's care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all
members. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any
club football activity. We subscribe to The Football Association's child
protection and best practice policy and procedures and endorse and adopt the
policy statement contained in that document.
2. The key principles of The FA child protection policy are 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 or carers is essential.
We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in
football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and
be protected from poor practice and abuse.
Milton Keynes City Football Club recognises that this is the responsibility of
every adult involved in our club.
3. Milton Keynes City Football Club has a role to play in safeguarding the
welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical,
sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is noted and accepted
that The Football Association's child protection regulation (see The FA
Handbook) applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary
capacity. This includes those who are a volunteer, match official, helper on
club tours, football coach, club official or medical staff.
4. We endorse and adopt The FA's child protection and best practice guidelines
for recruiting volunteers and will:
* Develop a role profile.
* Request identification documents.
* As a minimum meet and chat with the applicant(s) and where possible conduct
interviews before appointing.
* Request and follow up with two references before appointing.
* Require an FA CRB Unit Enhanced Disclosure where appropriate in line with FA
All current Milton Keynes City Football Club members with direct access to
children and young people will be required to complete a CRB Enhanced
Disclosure via The FA CRB Unit.
If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is
already involved or who has approached us to become part of Milton Keynes City
Football Club guidance will be sought from The Football Association. It is
noted and accepted that The FA will consider the relevance and significance of
the information obtained via The FA CRB Unit Enhanced CRB Disclosure and that
all decisions will be made in the best interests of children and young people.
It is accepted that The FA aims to prevent people with a history of relevant
and significant offending from having contact with children or young people.
This is to prevent direct sexual or physical harm to children and to minimize
the risk of 'grooming' within football.
5. Milton Keynes City Football Club supports The FA's whistle blowing policy.
Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can 'whistle blow' by
contacting The FA child protection manager on 0207 745 4771, by writing to The
FA case manager at The Football
Association, 25 Soho Square, London W1D 4FA or by going direct to the police,
social services or the NSPCC.
Milton Keynes City Football Club encourages everyone to know about it and
utilise it if necessary.
6. Milton Keynes City Football Club has appointed a Club Welfare Officer (CWO)
in line with The FA's role profile and required completion of the child
protection and best practice workshop. The post holder will be involved with
designated person's training provided by The FA. The CWO is the first point of
contact for all club members and parents or guardians regarding concerns for
the welfare of any child or young person.
They will liaise directly with the CFA CPO and will be familiar with the
procedures for referring any concerns. They will also play a proactive role in
increasing an awareness of poor practice and abuse amongst club members.
7. We acknowledge and endorse The FA's identification of bullying as a category
of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our club. If bullying does
occur, all players, parents or guardians should be able to tell and know that
incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents need to be reported to the
CWO, a member of the committee or, in cases of serious bullying contact the CFA
8. Codes of conduct for players, parents or spectators, officials and coaches
have been implemented by Milton Keynes City Football Club. In order to validate
these codes of conduct the club has clear sanctions to deal with any misconduct
at club level and acknowledges the possibility of potential sanctions which may
be implemented by leagues or the CFA in more serious circumstances. All
prospective members will be informed of these codes.
9 Further advice on child protection matters can be obtained from:
* The County Football Association's Child Protection Officer, whose details can
be found in the County Handbook.
* The Football Association/NSPCC Child Protection 24-Hour Help line 0808 800
* The FA child protection team 0207 745 4649.