What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of vulnerable groups and protect them from harm.
A child is defined as anyone under the age of 18.
A vulnerable adult is someone who has needs for care and support and as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.
We believe that:
Children, young people and vulnerable adults should never experience abuse of any kind.
We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them.
We take our responsibilities seriously and are committed to listening to children, young people and vulnerable adults. We pride ourselves on taking action when needed and creating an open culture to encourage discussion and learning.
To view the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures, click here.
Who is responsible for Safeguarding at the club?
It is EVERYONE’S responsibility and all club officials have a duty to safeguard the welfare of Children and Adults at Risk. The club has people trained and ready to deal with matters of abuse, harassment or bullying involving vulnerable people.
If you have a concern about the safety or welfare of a Child or Adult at Risk, you can speak to:
Club Welfare Officer: Sian Ramsden
Surrey FA County Welfare Officer: Phil Rendell
01372 387090 | 07939 538632
If you are worried about the immediate safety or welfare of a Child or Adult at Risk, you can also contact:
The Police – dial 999
NSPCC – 0800 800 5000
Child Line – 0800 1111
Other useful links
If you have concerns about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with a child or young person online contact CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection command, National Crime Agency).
If you are worried about a child, or need advice or information, call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.
Under 18 years old and need to speak to someone confidentially? You can talk to Childline anonymously online or on the phone – No worry is too big or too small.
The internet and social media can provide many positive opportunities for children and young people. Learn more about helping children and young people navigate the world safely by visiting CEOP’s ThinkUKnow.