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 that has been appointed by Tring Athletic Football Club.
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
After attending a FA Welfare Officer Workshop in June 2010, the club committee agreed to endorse The FA's approach to safeguarding and 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 and for all junior/youth team managers, coaches and first aiders
The Club Welfare Officer should make him/her available to the junior/youth teams parents/guardians to answer any questions they may have or address any concerns regarding Safeguarding. This would also be applicable to the junior/youth team managers, coaches and first aiders with any assistance they may require.
Any enquiries should in the first instance be directed to the Club via the Club's e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. Head up the e-mail for my attention of the Club Welfare Officer and this will be directed to the appropriate person within the Club.