We are very proud to hold The FA Charter Standard Status.
The scheme is a best practice guide that sets standards of coaching, administration and child protection for clubs working with young people. As a benchmark for quality, it will improve the playing experience for all.
Taken from TheFA.com:
"By achieving a Charter Standard Award, you are demonstrating to all members, Parents and the public, that you are a well organized & safe club. The 'hidden' benefits are also an excellent way of promoting your club to potential members, parents, volunteers and sponsors."
All Players / Parents / Club Officials will respect each other.
All Players / Parents / Club Officials will respect the opposition.
All Players / Parents / Club Officials will respect the Match Officials and abide by their decisions.
All Players / Parents / Club Officials will communicate to the Club if they can’t attend Training or Match days at least 24hrs before.
All Players / Parents / Club Officials will make sure all Club Fees are fully paid by the dates set out by the club.
All Players / Parents / Club Officials will make sure any Club Fines are fully paid by the dates set out by the club.
Any Yellow or Red Cards picked up during a game are the sole responsibility of the Player involved.
If ANY of the above agreements are broken it is down to the discretion of the Club to impose its own “Fine”.
Failure to pay any Fines and constant disregard for the above points may lead to a Player being ejected from the Club.
Aims & Objectives: -
The aim of The Club is to promote sport, and sporting behaviour throughout The Club members, officials and parents.
To encourage participation in, and enjoyment of, football.
To develop the skills and fitness of all participating club players and officials.
To provide a non-competitive/competitive environment to play development football in.
To promote sporting links with other clubs.
To encourage Team Managers, Trainers & Parents to participate in the running, fund raising and promotion of the club.
To encourage an open and relaxed atmosphere between all club members.
Membership of The Club shall be invitation only, but not unreasonably restricted on the grounds of sex, race, or of political, religious or other opinions. Although any person must be prepared to accept and support the objectives of The Club.
For a club member to play in a league match they will need to be registered with the relevant League, a registration form will need to be completed and if necessary a fee paid.
All children, parents & trainers/managers are expected to observe the Code of Conduct at all times.
We will, whenever possible, communicate with club members, families etc. with an open mind making as much information as possible freely available to all.
Communication will be via newsletters, text's and our Internet site.
We will encourage feedback from all club members, parents and the general public.
The F.A. Child Protection Procedures and Practices Handbook place a clear responsibility on clubs to ensure that they safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.
The purpose of this policy is to inform all officials/parents about these responsibilities and to enable everyone to have a clear understanding of how they are to be carried out.
Our club follows the procedures contained in the F.A. Child Protection Procedures and Practices Handbook - a guide to procedure and practice for all F.A. Managers/Coaches. This club acknowledges that Managers/Coaches are particularly well placed to notice outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour or failure to develop. We recognise the important role we have in early recognition of the signs and symptoms of abuse or neglect and appropriate referral procedures.
Jaz Pangli has been appointed as the CPR Officer.
Key responsibilities of the CPR Officer:
Ensure that the F.A.'s Child protection procedures are followed within the club
Ensure all Officers/managers/coaches/parents are aware of the procedures.
Ensure the appropriate training and support is provided.
Decide whether to take further action about particular concerns.
Report to the F.A./Social Services/police when necessary.
Any adult member of the club could be approached by a child needing help or guidance. Likewise any Manager/Coach may be in a position to notice or be concerned about physical/sexual abuse or neglect. If any Member is concerned about a child they must inform the CPR Officer, unless the CPR Officer is the cause for that concern. In which case they must inform the club Chairman, and in the unlikely circumstance that the Chairman is not available, then please contact the club Secretary.
Information regarding the concerns must be recorded by the CPR Officer or other on the same day. The record must be a clear, precise, factual account of the observations and must be signed and dated. The CPR Officer will decide whether the matter should be referred to the F.A./Warwickshire Social Services or if necessary the Police. Concerns will not be discussed with the parents before the CPR Officer has consulted with the authorities.
When To Be Concerned
Officers/Managers/Coaches should report if any of the following are observed.
Injury not typical of those associated with children’s activities.
Regular occurrence of unexplained injuries.
Confused or conflicting explanations of how injuries were sustained.
Significant changes of attitude or behaviour.
Sexual behaviour which is unusually explicit or inappropriate to the child’s age.
A recount of an experience by a child in which they have been significantly harmed.
Dealing with a disclosure
Do not promise confidentiality.
Explain who you will have to tell, and why.
Listen to what is being said, without displaying shock or disbelief.
Accept what is being said.
Allow the child to talk freely, limit any questions to a minimum.
Seek only to clarify and strictly avoid leading the child or adult who has made the approach by making suggestions, or introducing your own ideas on what may have happened.
Never ask questions such as "Did he/she do xxxx to you?" Instead use a minimum number of questions of the "Tell me what happened" type.
If it is an adult making the approach and it becomes obvious that they are making a significant allegation concerning either abuse or neglect, you may feel it appropriate to stop them, and refer to the CPR Officer (unless he/she is the subject of the allegation) to avoid repetition of the details.
Be especially careful to distinguish between fact and opinion.
Note also any non-verbal behaviour.
Reassure the child, but do not make any promises, that you cannot keep.
Assure the child, that what has happened is not their fault.
Stress that the child has done the right thing, by telling you.
Do not enter the child’s account by condemning or criticising the perpetrator.
BY FOLLOWING CORRECT PROCEDURES YOU ARE PROTECTING YOURSELF AND THE CLUB.
IF ANY MEMBER OF THE CLUB AT ANY STAGE HAS CONCERNS FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY, ESPECIALLY OWING TO HAVING MADE A REFERRAL, THEY SHOULD IMMEDIATELY INVOLVE THE CPR OFFICER WHO WILL PROMPTLY INVOLVE THE F.A., WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES AND THE POLICE IF NESSESARY.
THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION - NSPCC PROTECTION HELPLINE NUMBER IS FREEPHONE 0808 800 5000
This Helpline is open 24 hrs a day, every day (including Xmas and bank holidays).
FOR DEAF USERS : TEXTPHONE 0800056 0566