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:
STAFFORDSHIRE FA SAFEGUARDING CONTACT
Designated Safeguarding Officer
P: 01785 256994, ext 205
OTHER LOCAL CONTACTS
LADO Stafford first response: 0800 13 13 126. Out of hours: 0345 604 2886
Stoke on Trent Safeguarding Referral Team: 01782 235100. Out of hours: 01782 234234
Walsall MASH: 0300 555 2922. Out of hours: 0300 555 2866
Wolverhampton Safeguarding Services: 01902 555392. Out of hours: 01902 552999
NSPCC Hotline: 0808 800 5000
Childline: 0800 11 11
Forthcoming Safeguarding Courses And Workshops
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.
Alternatively, you can download our guidance document 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
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.
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
• 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.
If the adult lives in Walsall area:
Walsall Social Care and Inclusion
Telephone: 0845 111 2922
Textphone: 0845 111 2910
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 email@example.com for support or advice.