CHILD WELL BEING AND PROTECTION POLICY
Allan Halliday – Dundonald Bluebell FC, Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer Tel 07725199773 or email
Dundonald Bluebell Football Club is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care. It recognises the responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation.
Staff and volunteers will work together to embrace difference and diversity and respect the rights of children and young people.
2.0 POLICY PURPOSE
To focus and provide clear guidance to support the undisputable human rights of each individual and our responsibility to promote, respect and protect these rights. It gives importance to the process as well as the outcomes, and recognizes the underlying determinants of young player’s needs, presenting issues and general wellbeing.
3.0 CLUB POLICY
Dundonald Bluebell FC are fully committed to embedding a rights-based approach in Scottish football. We recognise children’s rights to protection as provided in Article 19 of the UNCRC: all forms of physical or mental violence, injury and abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse. ‘Child protection’ means protecting a child from child abuse or neglect, as stated within the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland, 2014.
For the purposes of this policy a young player is recognized as someone under the age of 18 years. This policy applies to all young players regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion, socio-economic status or family circumstance.
Dundonald Bluebell FC will:
• Respect the rights of young players as paramount.
• Promote the rights and wellbeing of young players by providing opportunities for them to take part in football safely.
• Promote and implement appropriate procedures to safeguard the wellbeing of young players and protect them from abuse, ensuring they know what to do and who they can speak to if they need help.
• Require members of staff, volunteers and members of the Club to adopt and abide by this policy and sign up to the Code of Conduct for Safeguarding Young Player’s Wellbeing.
• Train and support its members of staff, volunteers and members of the Club to adopt best practice in embedding young player’s rights in Scottish Football and promoting, protecting and respecting these rights to young players.
• Respond to any allegations of poor practice, misconduct or abuse of young people in line with procedures, as well as implementing, where appropriate, the relevant disciplinary procedures
• Observe guidelines issued by local Child Protection Committees for the protection of young people.
• Regularly monitor and evaluate the implementation of this policy, these procedures and associated safeguards in developing our young player-rights based approach and include young player’s views in this process.
• Appoint a Club Child Wellbeing Protection Officer and advise any young person of who this person is when they join the club.
4.0 ANTI-BULLYING POLICY STATEMENT
Dundonald Bluebell FC and the East of Scotland Football League are fully committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of all young players in its care. We understand that young player’s wellbeing can be seriously impacted by bullying behaviour. Dundonald Bluebell FC therefore recognises the information provided for young players by respect me, Scotland’s Anti-Bullying Service: ‘Bullying is never acceptable; it doesn’t make a child better or stronger to get through it and it should never be seen as a normal part of growing up. Bullying is a behaviour that can make a child feel frightened, threatened, left out and hurt. Something only has to happen once to make a child feel worried or scared to go to school or other places they enjoy going’.
For the purposes of this policy a young player is recognised as someone under the age of 18 years. This policy applies to all young players regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion, socio-economic status or family circumstance. Dundonald Bluebell FC will:
• Respect the rights of young players as paramount.
• Work together to develop positive relationships amongst young players and adults which are mutually respectful, responsible and trusting; and promote their emotional health and wellbeing.
• Seek to prevent, reduce and respond effectively to bullying behaviour, through the implementation of this policy and guidelines.
• Require members of staff, volunteers and members of the Club to adopt and abide by this policy.
• Train and support its members of staff, volunteers and members of the Club to adopt best practice to prevent, reduce and respond to bullying.
• Address the needs of young players who are bullied as well as those who bully within a framework of respect, responsibility, resolution and support.
• Respond to any concerns raised either in the experiences of young players of poor practice/misconduct or abuse caused by an adult’s bullying behaviour.
• Highlight bullying based on prejudice and perceived differences, to ensure our practices are effective in dealing with these issues.
• Regularly monitor and evaluate the implementation of this policy and guidelines and include young players views in this process.
5.0 CODE OF CONDUCT FOR SAFEGUARDING YOUNG PLAYERS WELLBEING
This Code of Conduct details the standards and practice required by all members of staff, volunteers and committee members of Dundonald Bluebell FC including verbal and non-verbal actions when involved in activities with young players. For the purposes of Young Player’s Wellbeing, we include all activities within Dundonald Bluebell FC with young people under the ages of 18 years old.
All concerns about breach of this Code of Conduct will be taken seriously and responded to in line with the East of Scotland Football League procedures.
• Promote fair play.
• Treat all young players equally, with respect, dignity, sensitivity and fairness (Article 2, UNCRC).
• Build balanced relationships based on mutual trust.
• Put the wellbeing and best interests of each young player first before winning or achieving performance goals (Article 3, UNCRC).
• Support young players to understand their rights in junior football and the safeguards put in place to protect them. • Include young players in decisions and activities affecting them wherever possible, respecting and taking seriously the views they contribute (Article 12, UNCRC).
• Always work in an open environment, wherever possible.
• Give enthusiastic and constructive feedback rather than negative criticism.
• Recognise the developmental needs and capacity of young players.
• Involve parents/carers wherever possible.
In the context of your role within Camelon Juniors FC, the following practices are unacceptable:
• Failing to act on, record or acknowledge allegations or concerns raised by a young player.
• Allowing bullying behaviour in any form between young players to go on unchallenged
• Displaying bullying behaviour or making inappropriate comments to a young player, causing emotional harm.
• Engaging in sexually provocative games, including horseplay or touching a young player in a sexually suggestive manner.
• Making sexually suggestive comments to a young player, even in fun.
• Forming intimate emotional, physical or sexual relationships with young players.
• Establishing inappropriate contact with young players via social media either online or on mobile phones.
• Reducing a young player to tears as a form of control.
• Inviting young players to stay with you at your home
This policy and associated policies, procedures and safeguards will be regularly reviewed and will include young player’s participation and feedback on the content and actual experience of implementation as part of the review:
• In accordance with changes in legislation and guidance on young player’s rights or following any changes within Dundonald Bluebell FC or the East of Scotland Football League
• Following any issue or concern raised about young player’s rights being denied within Dundonald Bluebell FC.
• In all other circumstances, at least every three years.
Document Created – January 2019