Senrab F.C.'s Safeguarding Children Policy
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 abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in football. As such, Senrab F.C. adopt a safeguarding policy which is underpinned by FA guidelines.
1. The child's welfare is and must always be the paramount consideration.
2. All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, racial origin, faith, social status, ability or disability.
3. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
4. Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents and carers is essential.
5. All concerns and/or related actions will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Senrab F.C. have fully trained Club/Child Welfare Officers who are DBS checked. They are more than happy to be approached regarding any concerns you may have in relation to any child. Your disclosure/s will be treated in the strictest confidence and relevant steps, with the appropriate bodies, will be taken to ensure that all concerns are dealt with in the best interest of the child.
If a parent or child feels that they need to make a complaint as a result of poor practice or child protection concerns then they can, in the first instance, approach their team representatives, club secretary or preferably, a club welfare officer. They will be asked to put their complaint in writing in order to be dealt with most effectively. If the outcome of this approach does not achieve a satisfactory resolution for the complainant then they may contact the Essex FA Case Officer. If the complainant is still dissatisfied with the outcome then they can contact the Football Association Case Manager, Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London, SW1P 9EQ.
Player/Parent Misconduct Procedures
Any player or parent found in breach of the Club's Code of Conduct may be disciplined. The degree of severity of the act of misconduct could result in one of the following courses of action being taken:
1. In the first instance, a verbal warning may be given to parent/player followed by:
2. A formal letter of warning may be issued to the player/parent.
3. The player (or parent) may receive a number of match bans.
4. The player or parent may be given a pre-determined suspension.
5. The player/parent may be removed from the club.
6. In the case of malicious damage to equipment, property or another person immediate suspension will be enforced. In the case of malicious damage to property and where the player is on a suspension, as opposed to a permanent exclusion, the player may not return to play until all cost of damage/repair has been paid.
7. Please note that continually disruptive children may also fall into the category of 'misconduct' and dealt with accordingly.
Senrab F.C will not tolerate any form of bullying, racism or aggressive behaviour. Such behaviour could result in termination of membership.
No one deserves to be the victim of bullying. Bullying in football is defined as a form of abuse and Senrab F.C. will not condone bullying under any circumstances.
Bullying can be defined as:
1. Physical hitting, kicking and theft
2. Verbal: name calling, constant teasing, sarcasm, racism, sexist or homophobic taunts, comments about disability, threats and gestures. This is not 'banter' – it is hurtful and batters self esteem.
3. Emotional: tormenting, social media and texting abuse, ridiculing, humiliating and isolating.
The bully in football can be:
1. The parent that pushes too hard
2. An intimidating child/young person
3. A coach who has a 'win at all costs' philosophy
4. An official who places unfair pressure on a child.
All of the above mentioned behaviour is not tolerated at Senrab F.C. and will be dealtwith under the afore mentioned Parent/Player Misconduct Procedures.