Footy4kidz™ acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child 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 eighteen, engaged in any sporting activity. We subscribe to the Football Association’s child protection and best practice policy and procedures and endorse and adopt the policy statement contained in that document.
The key principles of the FA child protection 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, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.
All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
Footy4kidz™ has appointed a Child Protection Officer who will have completed the Child Protection and best practice workshop. The CPO is the first point of contact for all members and parents or guardians regarding concerns for the welfare of any child or young person. They will liaise with the FA CPO and will be aware of the procedures for referring any concerns.
Further advice on Child protection can be obtained from:
The Football Association/NSPCC Child Protection 24-Hour Helpline 0808 800 5000
Supporting the EYFS
EYFS is a central part of the 10 year child care strategy and childcare act 2006. It is central to improving outcomes and reducing inequalities. The EYFS is mandatory for all schools and early year’s providers in OFSTED registered settings and any organisation which embraces these guidelines will be highly thought of.
The aim the of EYFS is to provide the best possible start in life & support children to fulfil their potential.
Although Footy4kidz™ is not obliged by law to provide care in line with the EYFS, it supports and promotes children’s development within these guidelines, making it appealing to parents, child care providers, local authorities and community health services.
Footy4kidz™ supports the safeguarding rights of every child, set by the UN convention and children’s act 2004. For example:
The right to be as healthy as possible
The right to grow up in a happy and loving atmosphere
The right to grow and develop to the best of their ability
The right to live in a safe environment
All these topics are supported throughout the two year programme
Criminal Record checks
All Footy4kidz™ programmes leaders have completed and cleared full enhanced disclosures