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|Safeguarding Young Players
The FA has stated that the future health of the game relies on making football a safe, positive and enjoyable experience for the millions of children and young people who regularly play the game. To that end they have set up the “Safeguarding Children” Policy and Procedures which amongst other things requires that each club with junior or youth teams within its ranks appoints a Welfare Officer, a role I have taken on within Tring Athletic Football Club.
Firstly a few lines about me.
I'm Trevor Langley. My involvement with Tring Athletic goes back to 1998 when my son Ross started to play for the “B” team. Previously I was with Tring Tornadoes, undertaking a number of roles whilst Ross was a player at the club.
As well as being the Club Welfare Officer I'm also the “physio” for the first team after having completed The FA's treatment and management of injuries course some years ago.
Returning to safeguarding.
The cornerstones of The FA's approach to safeguarding are as follows;
• Getting the right people involved - carrying out references and Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks
• Creating a safe environment - codes of conduct, Respect, education and best practice
• Promoting clear systems – to deal with any concerns – policy and procedures
I participated in the Herts. FA Welfare Officer Workshop in June 2010, after which I attended the club committee meeting. At that meeting it was agreed that whilst the club endorsed The FA's approach to safeguarding, action taken by Tring Athletic would be based on risk. To that end it was agreed;
• That The FA's “Safeguarding Children” Policy and Procedures would be referred to in the club's approach to safeguarding its young players
• That CRB Disclosures would be required for the Club Welfare Officer (completed) and the U18 team manager, coaches and first aiders
• That in my role as Club Welfare Officer I would make myself available to parents/guardians of the U18 players to answer any questions they may have or address any concerns regarding Safeguarding. I would also be available for the U18 team manager, coaches and first aiders to assist them.
I can be contacted in the first instance via the Club's e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org . Mark the e-mail for my attention and it will be forwarded to me.
Club Welfare Officer.