Safeguarding Children Policy

East-End Youth Football Club acknowledges its 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. Children and young people have the right to be safe and we will ensure that this is fundamental in all we do.

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, race, sexual orientation, faith or belief.
• 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. East-End Youth Football Club recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.

East-End Youth Football Club has 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 Irish Football Association’s Safeguarding Children Regulations (see IFA 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 or club official. 

All current East-End Youth Football Club members working/volunteering in eligible roles, with children and young people – such as managers and coaches are required to hold an in-date Access NI Enhanced CRC with Barring List check as part of responsible recruitment practice.

To raise a safeguarding concern, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Officer:

Clare Millen (Child Protection Officer) | 07857574657