Message from the Welfare Officer – parents and carers please read
Given recent events in the news and as part of The FA’s ongoing role in aiming to do everything it can to support a safe and enjoyable framework for football, a new film has been made outlining the four key steps to safeguarding children’s welfare:
The film, featuring Wayne Rooney, Steph Houghton, Jack Rutter and Nathaniel Chalobah, explains how both parents and children can raise concerns they have about adults working in football and centred around how the 8,500 safeguarding officers working across England football take the following four steps:
1. Checked – to ensure adults are suitable to work with youngsters
2. Trained – from coaches to referees, all are given suitable safeguarding training
3. Hear – concerns from both children & adults will be listened to
4. Report – the importance of raising concerns about a child’s welfare
Following these simple but crucial steps means that there is a framework in place to ensure that, if standards ever fall short with poor practice or unacceptable behaviour, they can be addressed.
Below is another films that outline the structure the FA and clubs have in place and also how/when one should respond.
Anyone who has a concern about the welfare of a child or the behaviour of an adult towards a child or young person under 18 years of age in football, is required to refer it to The FA Safeguarding team. The team is staffed by professionals who are experienced in dealing with these concerns.
Referring a concern can be done via your club, league or County FA – all will have a designated safeguarding officer (DSO), of which I am the one for Bromley Green. Alternatively, you can email the FA directly via firstname.lastname@example.org.
As detailed in the videos in most cases I would be the first point of call, but if the matter is urgent and you cannot contact me or the County FA’s designated safeguarding officer, you can call The NSPCC 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 – or if it is an emergency because a child or children are at immediate risk, then call the police or children’s social care in your area.
If you are concerned that someone may be behaving inappropriately or seeking to groom a child in an online environment, then please use the CEOP reporting button that will take you directly to the team at the National Crime Agency, as well as informing me and the County FA or The FA via email@example.com
This is obviously all very serious stuff, but the key is to be mindful, without being overly anxious. And of course if anyone ever has any questions you can just contact me directly.
Alternatively, please do not hesitate to raise an issue with any of the club’s senior officials (Dave, Shane or Stan) who will pass details on to me if they feel it requires action from me.
Best wishes and I hope you all have a lovely Christmas.
Club Welfare Officer
(Designated Safety Officer – DSO)
Bromley Green FC
Tel: 07742 002419