SAFEGUARDING & EQUALITY
POLICIES & CONTACTS
Our Policies and Procedures
Lawford Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care. We are committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members.
Our Safeguarding Children Policy places a clear responsibility on all adults to ensure that they safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. Child Welfare is a responsibly accepted by the Club and all who volunteer to support it. To this end the club has appointed a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) who is the designated person responsible for child welfare matters.
Discrimination of any kind is not permitted in our club. We promote football for all and will strive to prevent discrimination as well as tackle it should it appear. Our Equality Policy sets out our commitment to promote education and mediation as the first step when dealing with any incidents.
Lawford FC is opposed to bullying in all forms. We will investigate thoroughly any incidents of bullying that are reported to us. Our Anti-Bullying Policy clearly sets out our procedures for dealing with any incidents should they occur.
Here are links to our policies;
All members, officials, coaches, parents and players must understand these policies and recognise their role and responsibilities in supporting them day-to-day.
Our Codes of Conduct
We actively promote The FA's Respect codes of conduct in football. We endorse the approach that "We only do positive!". Here are the separate codes of conduct for each person at the club. You have an obligation to read this and understand what your responsibilities are
Whistle-blowing can be used as an early warning system or when it’s recognised that appropriate actions have not been taken. This approach or policy is adopted in many different walks of life.
It is about revealing and raising concerns over misconduct or malpractice within an organisation or within an independent structure associated with it.
Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can also use whistle-blowing by calling 0800 169 1863 and asking for The FA's safeguarding team, or via email on safeguarding@TheFA.com.
Alternatively you can go direct the Police or Children’s Social Care and report your concerns there, or to the Child Protection in Sport Unit via firstname.lastname@example.org or the NSPCC Helpline via 0808 800 5000 or by emailing email@example.com
Contact CEOP if you are worried about online abuse.
Lawford Football Club Welfare Officer: Jonathan Sly
Essex FA Designated Safeguarding Officer: Helen Hever
Coaches: All coaches working with under 18 teams in FA Charter Standard Clubs need to have an up to date ‘Safeguarding Children’ certificate as part of the FA Charter Standard Health Check. An up to date certificate is one that is less than three years old. Please click on the link to the FA Online Safeguarding Re-certification if you need to update your certification.
Goal Safety: All coaches are aware of the potential dangers of unsafe equipment. Details of our guidance to support them with this can be found here.