Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility
We place the safeguarding and welfare of young people high on our agenda. It's the responsibility of every adult involved in football, thus every club is required to endorse and adhere to The FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy.
It’s important to remember that every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, or adult at risk, who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse.
CLUB WELFARE OFFICERS
Everyone involved with Langtoft United players, parents and coaches must know who their Club Welfare Officer is and should have the CWO contact in their personal phones as an important point of contact to raise concerns.
LINCS FA DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING OFFICER
SAFER RECRUITMENT FOR VOLUNTEERS
The intentions of most people who work with children in football are good. However, as part of football’s commitment to provide safe and enjoyable environments, sound recruitment and selection procedures are essential.
When clubs or leagues recruit new members, all reasonable steps must be taken to ensure unsuitable people are prevented from working with children and young people both in open-age teams (who have players aged under 18) and in youth football.
Langtoft United have adopted Safe Recruitment ensuring that all volunteers are suitable for their roles before they start. To have the relevant qualifications in place, DBS, Safeguarding for Children Certificate, First Aid.
The club want a safe, fun and inclusive learning environment for everyone.
USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
We all benefit from the digital world – it’s a good place when used appropriately.
Ordering a pair of shinpads, getting team results, communicating a change of venue, promoting an end-of-season BBQ, the latest England team news, coaching tips, booking a referee course or setting up a club website…they’re all positive.
The FA encourages the appropriate use of social media to help run your teams and leagues, communicate with players (via their parents/carers when under-16), and appoint referees, log results and much more.
Whatever way we communicate, safeguarding principles remain the same. Retaining boundaries is just as important online as it is offline.
Remember we all create our own digital footprint every time we post comments, photos and videos. Be sure before you post. If you wouldn’t say or do something face-to-face – then don’t do it online.
If you have a role in football then always make sure communications are relevant to your role – focus on the football, don’t share personal info or comments.
HELP MAKE FOOTBALL FUN & SAFE FOR ALL
We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our members so they can participate in football in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club.
If bullying does occur, all club members or parents should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING club. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the club welfare officer or any committee member.
KICK IT OUT
Creating an inclusive environment for everyone at the grassroots level of football is a vital part of Kick It Out’s work.
The organisation is there to support players and clubs and offer advice and guidance wherever needed. Ultimately Kick It Out wants to see an inclusive game where everyone feels safe and is welcome.
In September 2016, the organisation launched a new initiative, ‘Call Full Time On Hate’, which appeals for a unified effort from football to eradicate prejudice and hate from the game by promoting community cohesion, as well as developing and supporting vital initiatives at grassroots level across the country.