Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding at Staffordshire FA

The Staffordshire FA offers a range of safeguarding services and training to help create a safe and enjoyable football experience for everyone.

We ensure safeguarding requirements are met as a requirement of club affiliation and we support clubs to maintain these standards. This includes making unannounced safeguarding visits to clubs.

Here are details of the current safeguarding support services we offer:

Get In Touch

Jan Scott
Safeguarding & Education Officer

(E): Support@StaffordshireFA.com
(T): 01785 256994 (ext. 205)
(M): 07969 294023

Forthcoming Safeguarding Courses And Workshops

We offer a range of safeguarding services and training to help create a safe and enjoyable football experience for everyone. We ensure safeguarding requirements are met as a requirement of club affiliation and we support clubs to maintain these standards. This includes making unannounced safeguarding visits to clubs.

Here is a link to our Welfare Officer Workshop page.

Obtaining A Criminal Record Check (CRC)

Every coach within the Youth game is required to hold a valid and in-date FA Specific Criminal Records Check. To find out how to obtain a CRC please click HERE.

How We Handle Reported Concerns

We have a dedicated page to how we deal with any reported concerns. If you have any concerns that you wish to raise, or any issues that you wish to discuss, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Sharing Good Practice

WYRLEY JUNIORS FC - 2016/17 NATIONAL CHARTER STANDARD COMMUNITY CLUB OF THE YEAR

Wyrley Juniors FC continue to put safeguarding at the forefront of all the great work they are completing across all areas of the game. A new introduction for the 2017/18 season saw the Club include the CLICK CEOP button on every page of their club website, allowing users to report any safeguarding concerns that they may have.

CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in 'the real world', or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button below.

CHASETOWN FC

A great piece of work carried our by Chasetown FC has seen the Club provide ID Cards for all coaches and club members working within the youth section of the game. Worn on lanyards and constantly on display, the ID cards highlight how the coach is involved with the club and promotes a professional image in the community.

We're on hand to help

Support for Welfare Officers

Staffordshire FA are keen to supply its Safeguarding Workforce with a number of CPD opportunities. In order to support the voluntary workforce, a number of Safeguarding Workshops will be held throughout the footballing season. For more information around these evenings please contact our Safeguarding & Education Officer.

SUPPORTING ADULTS AT RISK

Football at all levels of the game should be enjoyed by all and everyone who participates in the game should do so feeling safe.

It is important that anyone over the age of 18 who you feel  is an adult at risk and maybe subject to some form of abuse has these concerns reported for further investigation.

Abuse of adults at risk falls into the following categories: 

• Physical abuse
• Sexual abuse
• Financial abuse
• Discriminatory abuse
• Emotional/Psychological abuse
• Neglect and acts of ommission
• Self-neglect
• Organisational/ institutional abuse
• Domestic Abuse
• Modern Slavery

It is important that if you feel an adult at risk is being abused that you speak to them and advise them that you have a concern and that this should be reported. The person should be involved in these discussions.

HOW TO REPORT ABUSE

How to respond if you think someone with care and support needs is being abused or neglected. Remember, suspicion is enough.

If it is an emergency and someone is seriously hurt, or the abuser is still with the adult and they are in immediate danger ring the Police on 999.

If the adult lives in Stoke:

Telephone: 0800 561 0015 at any time     

Minicom: 01782 236037       

If the adult lives in Staffordshire:

Telephone: 0345 604 2719 Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm, Fridays 8:30am to 4:30pm, excluding Bank Holidays. 0345 604 2886 at any other time

Don’t worry if you are not sure, the person on the phone will help you to forward your concerns to the right team.

Website: www.SSASPB.org.uk

If the adult lives in Walsall area:

Walsall Social Care and Inclusion

Telephone: 0845 111 2922

Textphone: 0845 111 2910

Email: initialintake@walsall.gov.uk

Website: www.walsall.gov.uk/adultabuse

Abuse is often a crime. If you think a crime has been committed, contact Walsall Police.

If there is an emergency, always dial 999.

You can also contact Jan Scott, Designated Safeguarding Officer, on 01785 256994 email jan.scott@staffordshirefa.com for support or advice.