Walton Casuals Football College’s Safeguarding Children Policy

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 abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in football – therefore Walton Casuals Football College endorses and adheres to the Football Association’s Safeguarding Children Policy, Guidelines and Procedures.

Walton Casuals Football College acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of Children and Young People who play or participate in football by protecting them from abuse and harm. Walton Casuals Football College has a Management Committee including a Child/College Welfare Officer responsible for promoting best practice, eliminating poor practice and liaising with our Education Provider (VLUK) and FA Safeguarding lead officers.

Walton Casuals Football College therefore aims to create a safe and inclusive atmosphere where everyone at the College works together to tackle both bullying and discrimination, ensure safer recruitment and tackle poor practice which leads to harm and reduces equal opportunities.

Best practice in Inclusion, anti-Bullying, Equality and the Respect Agenda are all part of making safer cultures and prevention of harm and abuse.

Walton Casuals Football College is committed to working in partnership with its Education Provider (VLUK), the FA, Surrey FA and Registered Leagues to provide a safe environment for all Children and Young People to participate and protect them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying.

Walton Casuals Football College’s Safeguarding Children Policy principles 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, reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership, racial origin, faith, ability or disability, pregnancy and maternity
  • 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 and carers is essential

Walton Casuals Football College is committed to working in partnership with our Local Authority Safeguarding Partners and Police, Children’s Social Care and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in accordance with their procedures. This is essential to enable these organisations to carry out their statutory duties to investigate concerns and protect Children and Young People.

In accordance with the FA’s Guidance and Affiliation requirements - Walton Casuals Football College has appointed a Child/College Welfare Officer and abide by the Code of Conduct for volunteer Welfare Officers.

Walton Casuals Football College further supports the FA’s Respect Programme to address verbal abuse and bullying of youngsters by parents and coaches on the side lines.