BRADFORD CITY FOOTBALL CLUB
SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN POLICY
Bradford City FC believes that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to practice which protects them.
We recognise that:
• the welfare of the child(up to the age of 18 years) is paramount
• It aims to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background, all children, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
• working in partnership with children, and their family is essential in promoting and embedding this policy.
The purpose of the policy:
• To provide protection for the children who receive Bradford City’s or it’s partner’s services.
• To provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm.
NB: This policy applies to all staff, including permanent, casual or volunteers regardless of their role they work on behalf of Bradford City FC.
We will seek to safeguard children by:
• valuing them, listening to and respecting them
• adopting safeguarding guidelines and best practice through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
• recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
• sharing information about safeguarding and best practice
• sharing information about concerns with the appropriate agencies in a confidential manner
• providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.
All staff and volunteers should ensure that they read this policy and procedure, and understand the standards expected of them and their responsibilities. All staff have a responsibility to ensure the safety and welfare of children, and to take appropriate steps (including those set out in this policy and procedure) to ensure that suspicions and allegations of abuse are taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
• The Safeguarding Manager James Mason is responsible for the overall implementation of the safeguarding strategy and case management.
• The Safeguarding Officer (SO) is responsible for the day to day implementation of safeguarding within their department.