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Safeguarding Policy

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

and​ ​appropriately

● 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​ ​your​ ​CASA​ ​Welfare​ ​Officer​ ​directly www.c.a.s.a@hotmail.co.uk">www.c.a.s.a@hotmail.co.uk/ 07787504838

● 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 help@nspcc.org.uk