CASA LTD Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures.
1. CASA LTD 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 activity.
2. The key principles the CASA LTD 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
● 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 should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse. CASA LTD recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our organisation.
3. CASA LTD 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 CASA LTD’s Safeguarding Children Regulations apply to everyone whether in a paid or voluntary capacity.
4. We implement strong and thorough guidelines during our recruitment process and we will:
● Specify what the role is and what tasks it involves
● Request identification documents
● As a minimum meet and chat with the applicant(s) and where possible interview people
before appointing them
● Ask for and follow up with 2 references before appointing someone
● Require a DBS check.
All current CASA LTD members working in eligible roles, with children and young people are required to hold an in-date Enhanced DBS with Barring List check as part of responsible recruitment practice.
If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of CASA LTD, guidance will be sought from local governing bodies. It is noted and accepted that those governing bodies will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via the DBS Process and that all suitability decisions will be made in accordance with legislation and in the best interests of children and young people.
It is accepted that these governing bodies aims to prevent people with a history of relevant and significant offending from having contact with children or young people and the opportunity to influence policies or practice with children or young people. This is to prevent direct sexual or physical harm to children and to minimise the risk of ‘grooming’ within football.
5. We acknowledge and endorse The FA’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our clubs. If bullying does occur, all players or parents/carers should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly.
Incidents need to be reported to the our coaches (lead safeguarding officer) in cases of serious bullying.
6. Respect codes of conduct for Coaches have been implemented by CASA LTD. In order to validate these Respect codes of conduct CASA LTD has clear actions it will take regarding repeated or serious misconduct and acknowledges the possibility of potential sanctions which may be implemented for more serious circumstances.
9. Reporting your concerns about the welfare of a child or young person. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility if you are worried about a child it is important that you report your concerns – no action is not an option.
i. If you are worried about a child then you need to report your concerns to the Lead safeguarding officer (often one of the coaches at the session).
ii. If the issue is one of poor practice the CASA lead safeguarding officer will either:
● deal with the matter themselves or
● seek advice from the CASA Welfare Officer (Adrian Hogan)
iii.If the concern is more serious – possible child abuse, where possible, contact the CASA Welfare Officer first, then immediately contact the Police or Children’s Social Care.
iv. If the child needs immediate medical treatment take them to a hospital or call an ambulance and tell them this is a child protection concern. Let your Welfare Officer know what action you have taken, they in turn will inform the CASA Welfare Officer.
v. If at any time you are not able to contact your Welfare Officer or the matter is clearly serious then you can either:
● Contact the Police or Children’s Social Care
● Call the NSPCC 24 hour Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000 or text 88858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The following is not an exhaustive list but you might become concerned as a result of:
Seeing a physical injury which you believe to be non-accidental
Observing something in the appearance of a pupil of a pupil which leads you to think his/her needs are being neglected.
A pupil telling you the s/he has been subjected to some form of abuse
In any of these circumstances you should write down what you observed or heard. Date and sign and account and give it to the DSP or deputy DSP.
If a pupil talks to you about (discloses) sexual or physical abuse you should
Listen carefully without interruption, particularly if s/he is freely recalling significant events
Only ask sufficient questions to clarify what you have heard. You might not need to ask anything but, if you do, you must not ‘lead’ the pupil in any way so should only ask ‘open’ questions
Make it clear you are obliged to pass the information on, but only to those who need to know
Tell the DSP or deputy DSP without delay
Write an account of the conversation as soon as you are able (definitely the same day), date and sign it and give it to the DSP.
Do not ask ask the pupil to repeat the disclosure to anyone else in the school, ask him/her or any other pupil to write a ‘statement’, or inform parents. You are not expected to make a judgement about whether the child is telling the truth.
Remember – share any concerns, don’t keep them to yourself.
If a child and/or parent wishes to make a formal complaint regarding the child care service they are receiving, please contact Ofsted on 0300 123 1231. Alternatively you can visit www.ofsted.gov.uk to file your complaint there.