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Child Protection Statement

Swiss Valley Rangers Football Club is committed to the Football Association’s Policy on Child Protection.  We will create and preserve the safest possible environment for children to participate in football activity.

Aims & Objectives as a Club

  • That Swiss Valley Rangers include in its membership literature a policy statement concerning child protection and a policy statement on anti-bullying
  • That Swiss Valley Rangers provide ongoing development and training opportunities to all adults involved with the Club.  Child protection certificates are renewed every 3 years
  • That there will be clear practices and procedures to ensure that everyone knows exactly what is expected of them in relation to the protection of children who are members of Swiss Valley Rangers
  • That there will be clear practices and procedures to ensure that adults recruited to the Club will have undergone all necessary checks, organised by the FA

Key Principles

  • Children’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration
  • All children have a right to be protected from abuse, regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual identity
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
  • Swiss Valley Rangers is committed to working with Social Services departments, local Area Child Protection Committees (ACPCs) and the FA in accordance with their procedures

Practices and Procedures

  • Club coaches attend FA Child Protection workshops
  • All adults involved with children and young people at Swiss Valley Rangers are subject to recruitment procedures to help keep unsuitable people from working within the Club
  • The Club encourages best practice in our work with young people
  • Club policies and procedures help safeguard children, young and disabled people from abuse
  • Club policies and procedures help to safeguard adults from wrongful allegations of abuse
  • Club policies and procedures provide a positive environment for young footballers
  • Club policies and procedures increase awareness of child protection issues within football
  • The Club will bear Health and Safety and Child Protection in mind when purchasing equipment
  • All coaches have access to The Code of Conduct for Sports Coaches' and Safe and Sound, relevant extracts from which form part of each Manager’s and coach’s file
  • Child Protection issues form a permanent agenda item of Club Management Committee meetings
  • Club policies and procedures are part of the Club membership, promotional and coaching information
  • The parental consent form is copied so that the Club Secretary keeps one copy and the relevant Manager has a copy at all Club playing activities

Swiss Valley Rangers have adopted the FA’s Child Protection Policy, and implemented the advice in the FA Child Protection Procedures & Practices booklet.