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Safeguarding Children

Braunton Football Club acknowledges and accepts it has a responsibility for the well being and safety of all children and vulnerable adults who are under the Club’s care or utilising the Club’s facilities. It is the duty of all adults working at the Club to safeguard the welfare of children and vulnerable adults by creating an environment that protects then from harm.

The wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults is paramount for all staff and accordingly, they must make themselves aware of the Club’s Safeguarding Children Policy. Where appropriate, the following guidelines will be supplemented by in-service training and additional guidance.


  • Braunton Football Club is governed by the rules and regulations set out in the 1989 Children Act, FA Safeguarding Children Rules and Premier League Rules.
  • The Club is fully committed to ensuring that the best practice recommended by these bodies is employed throughout the Club.
  • The Club also has a responsibility to maintain regular dialogue with the Local Safeguarding Children Board.


  • A “Child” is defined as anyone under the age of 18.
  • A “Vulnerable Adult” is defined as anyone aged 18 or over who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.


The aims of Braunton Football Club’s Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults Policy are:

  • To safeguard all children and vulnerable adults who interact with the Club.
  • To demonstrate best practice in the area of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
  • To develop a positive and pro-active welfare programme to enable all children and vulnerable adults to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment.
  • To promote high ethical standards throughout the Club.

The key principles underpinning this policy are:

  • The child’s and/or vulnerable adult’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration.
  • All children and vulnerable adults have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual identity.
  • All allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to efficiently and appropriately.
  • To encourage parents and other members of the child and/or vulnerable adult’s family to be involved in a relationship with the Club.
  • To ensure that coaches, parents and other adults who come in contact with children and vulnerable adults provide good role models of behaviour.


Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults Programme

The Club has an ongoing commitment to employing a programme of activities which cover all areas of the business. The programme will regularly be reviewed and updated according to any needs that may be identified.

Children’s Services Officer / Safeguarding Officers

The Club has a Welfare Officer (“CWO”) who has overall responsibility for the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults at the Club and a number of Safeguarding Officers who work within various areas of the Club.

Anybody with concern about a child’s or vulnerable adult’s welfare should contact a Safeguarding Officer for advice in the first instance – details can be found at the end of this policy.



As part of Braunton Football Club’s recruitment and selection process, offers of positions which involve working with children and vulnerable adults are subject to a satisfactory CRB disclosure and appropriate references. See below for details of the Club’s CRB procedures.

Staff Training

All staff working in direct contact with children shall be required to complete the FA workshop on Safeguarding Children. Details of those satisfactorily completing this course are retained by the Club Secretary..


Braunton Football Club is registered, via the Devon County Football Association , with the Criminal Records Bureau (“CRB”). The CRB provides a disclosure service for organisations. CRB disclosures enable employers to undertake more thorough recruitment and selection procedures for positions which involve working with children and vulnerable adults.


New Appointments

All helpers who have a position which involves working with children and vulnerable adults will be required to undertake a CRB Disclosure.. Until such time as their Disclosure certificate has been received, the helper will not be left unsupervised with children and vulnerable adults.

New Appointments who already have a Disclosure Certificate

If a new member of staff has been CRB checked by their previous Club, the Club may not ask that person to undertake another check. However, the original Disclosure certificate must be shown to the CWO.

Existing Staff

Priority is given to those who come into contact with children and vulnerable adults. All staff who have one to one contact with children and vulnerable adults will be CRB checked.

Equal Opportunities

Braunton Football Club is committed to providing equal opportunities for all employees, players and supporters. A copy of the Club’s policy on equal opportunities can be obtained from the CWO.


The Club takes its guidance on the use of images from guidelines issued by the FA.. All photographs are taken by Club officials who have been briefed by the Club’s Welfare Officer responsible for the activity being photographed.

  • Before taking photographs of children and young people, parental consent is sought in writing at the start of the season or prior to the event. Parents/carers are responsible for informing the Club of any change of circumstances within the Season which may affect consent.
  • Parents and carers will be informed of how the image will be used. The Club will not allow an image to be used for something other than that for which it was initially agreed.
  • All children and young people featured in Club publications will be appropriately dressed.
  • Were possible, the image will focus on the activity taking place and not a specific child / young person.
  • Where appropriate, images represent the broad range of youngsters participating safely in football.
  • Children and young people who are under a court order will not have their images published in any Club document.
  • No images of children and young persons featured in Club publications will be accompanied by personal details such as their school or home address.
  • Any instances of inappropriate images in football should be reported to a Safeguarding Officer.
  • The Club does not put young player profiles with images and personal information on its website.

The FA Charter Standard

Although Braunton Football Club ensures full compliance with the FA Charter Standard, it endeavours to adhere to the rules and guidelines issued by the FA with regard to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.


In accordance with the procedures detailed above, all Braunton staff undergo a CRB check in accordance with FA requirements.

Activities for Disabled Persons

The Club carries out all activities for disabled persons under the guidelines of the Disability Discrimination Act and in accordance with the Club’s Disability Policy.


Highlighting Concern

Although the Club is committed to doing the utmost to safeguard children and vulnerable adults from harm there may be occasions when concern is raised over the treatment of a child or a vulnerable adult.

“Child abuse” and “neglect” are generic terms encompassing all ill treatment of children and vulnerable adults as well as cases where the standard of care does not adequately support the child or vulnerable adult’s health or development. Children and vulnerable adults may be abused or suffer neglect through the infliction of harm, or through the failure to act to prevent harm. Abuse can occur in a family or an institutional or community setting. The perpetrator may or may not be known to the child or vulnerable adult.

Recognition – Signs of Abuse

There are five main forms of abuse identified as follows, should you have any concern that abuse is occurring you should contact a Club Safeguarding Officer immediately. For the purposes of these definitions a “Child” also refers to a vulnerable adult.

Physical Abuse

hysical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer feigns the symptoms of, or deliberately causes ill health to a child whom they are looking after. A person might do this because they enjoy or need the attention they get through having a sick child. Physical abuse can be caused through omission or the failure to act to protect.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of, or consents to, what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including penetrative acts such as rape, buggery or oral sex or non-penetrative acts such as fondling. Sexual abuse may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, pornographic material or watching sexual activities, or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways. Boys and girls can be sexually abused by males and/or females, by adults and by other young people. This includes people from all different walks of life.


Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs. It may involve a parent or carer failing to provide adequate food, shelter and clothing, failing to protect a child from physical harm or danger, or the failure to ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment. It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.


Abuse Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional ill treatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve making a child feel or believe that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person.


Bullying is not always easy to define and can take many forms. The three main types are: physical, verbal and emotional.

For more detailed information on the five main forms of abuse refer to The Football Association Child Protection Procedures and Practices Handbook. The information above has been taken from this source and can be found on the FA website.


Where possible a Club Safeguarding Officer should be contacted as early as possible, however it is recognised that an individual may need to respond to a situation immediately. With this in mind the following guidelines offer help and support in responding to abuse or a suspicion of abuse:


  • treat any allegations extremely seriously and act at all times towards the child or vulnerable adult as if you believe what they are saying.
  • tell the child or vulnerable adult they are right to tell you.
  • reassure them that they are not to blame.
  • be honest about your own position, who you have to tell and why.
  • tell the child or vulnerable adult what you are doing and when, and keep them up to date with what is happening.
  • take further action – you may be the only person in a position to prevent future abuse.
  • write down everything said and what was done.
  • seek medical attention if necessary.
  • inform parents/carers unless there is suspicion of their involvement.


  • make promises you cannot keep.
  • interrogate the child or vulnerable adult – it is not your job to carry out an investigation – this will be up to the police and social services, who have experience in this.
  • cast doubt on what the child or vulnerable adult has told you, don’t interrupt or change the subject.
  • say anything that makes the child or vulnerable adult feel responsible for the abuse.

Make sure you tell a Club Safeguarding Officer immediately, they will know how to follow this up and where to go for further advice.

The Safeguarding Officer will immediately report any allegation to the CWO, who will ask for a written factual statement from the person making the report.

If the report involves an allegation about another member of staff, that person will also be asked to write a brief report. Any statement made by the child or vulnerable adult should be reported in their own words. These reports should be confined to facts and should not include any opinion, interpretation or judgement.

The Club will ensure that any child or vulnerable adult concerned is immediately removed from any possible risk of harm.

Investigations into possible abuse will require careful management. The CWO should seek the advice of The Football Association Safeguarding Children Team, Social Services or the Police before setting up an internal inquiry and take their advice on informing the child or vulnerable adult’s parents. In any case of suspected abuse, as soon as the local Social Services Department has been informed, the Club must provide a report to the FA Head of Safeguarding Children, inform the Club’s Chairman.


There is always tension and caution around issues of confidentiality. The advice for all staff at Braunton Football Club is that no guarantee of confidentiality can be given to a child or vulnerable adult (although this does not necessarily mean that the parents of the young person have to be told).

A child or vulnerable adult should never be pressured to give information or show physical marks unless they do so willingly. If they chose to show markings, two members of staff should be present.

There are actions which staff have to and are obliged to take once we are aware of a problem. Undertakings of confidentiality should not be given either to the person making the allegations or to the person being interviewed. A matter is confidential on a need to know basis and nobody should have any reservations about referring any issue to a Club Safeguarding Officer. The key issue is that the welfare of the child or vulnerable adult is protected.


Steve Whitten – Club Welfare Officer

  • T: 01271 813876

Ashley Lowe – Club Safeguarding Children Officer

Colin Baddick – Club Safeguarding Children Officer

Devon County Football Association
Dave Keast
County Children’s Welfare Officer

P: 01626 325913
The Football Association
Sue Law
Head of Safeguarding Children

T/F: 020 7745 4649/5649
THE FA / NSPCC HELPLINE: 0808 800 5000 / Textphone: 0800 056 0566
For further advice and information on the FA Child Protection Guidelines, please visit

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