Safeguarding children policy

Woodham Radars Football Club acknowledges it’s responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members. 
A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any Club football activity. 

Woodham Radars subscribe to The Football Association’s Safeguarding Children – Policy and Procedures and endorse and adopt the Policy Statement contained in that document.

*Communication from the FA in reaction to the recent disclosures of child abuse within football:

 The key principles of The FA Safeguarding Children Policy 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,disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation
  • 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/carers is essential
  • We acknowledge that 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 poor practice and abuse

Woodham Radars Football Club recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club

We have a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is noted and accepted that The Football Association’s Child Protection Regulation (see The FA Handbook) applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity.

This means whether you are a volunteer, match official, helper on club tours, football coach, club official or medical staff.

We endorse and adopt The FA’s Responsible Recruitment guidelines for recruiting volunteers and we:

  • Have developed a role profiles
  • Request identification documents
  • As a minimum meet and chat with the applicant(s) and where possible conduct interviews before appointing 
  • Request and follow up with two references before appointing
  • Require an FA DBS-CRC Unit Enhanced Disclosure where appropriate in line with FA guidelines

All current Woodham Radars Football Club members who are regularly caring for, supervising, training or being in sole charge of children and young people will be required to complete a DBS-CRC Enhanced Disclosure via The FA. If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of FA Charter Standard Club guidance will be sought from The Football Association. 

It is noted and accepted that The FA will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via The FA Enhanced DBS-CRC and that all decisions will be made in the best interests of children and young people.

It is accepted that The FA aims to prevent people with a history of relevant and significant offending from having contact with children or young people and the opportunity to influence policies or practice with children or young people. This is to prevent direct sexual or physical harm to children and to minimise the risk of ‘grooming’ within football.

Woodham Radars Football Club supports The FA’s Whistle blowing Policy.

Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can ‘whistle blow’ by contacting The FA Child Protection Team on 0207 745 4787, by writing to The FA Case Manager at The Football Association, 25 Soho Square, W1D 4FA, or alternatively by going direct to the Police, Children’s Services or the NSPCC.

We encourage everyone to know about it and utilise it if necessary.

We have appointed a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) in line with The FA’s role profile and required completion of the Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officers Workshop. The post holder will be involved with Welfare Officer training provided by The FA and/or CFA.

​The FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures are available via the FA website, further advice on Safeguarding Children can be obtained from: