This Policy Statement is Falkirk Football Club’s, incorporating The Falkirk Academy and Falkirk Football Community Foundation, position regarding the protection of all children and young people involved all aspects of youth football development.
Develop a positive and pro-active approach concerning the protection of all children and young people involved in football, helping them to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment.
Demonstrate best practice in the area of child protection.
Promote high standards of professional practice throughout all levels of the club.
Falkirk Football Club, incorporating The Falkirk Academy and Falkirk Football Community Foundation, is determined to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to protect all children and young people who participate in football.
The club offers a wide range of football development opportunities for children and young people and aims to provide the highest standards of care, coaching and development.
Every child and young person must be able to participate in football in an enjoyable and safe environment and this responsibility must be shared by every adult involved with the club.
The club recognises that it is everyone’s responsibility to protect all children and young people from physical, sexual or emotional abuse and from all forms of neglect, harassment or bullying.
The club recognises that child abuse is an emotive and difficult issue. If an allegation or a concern about abuse occurs, those involved will recognise their own feelings and reactions to abuse and will not allow these to interfere with judgements and actions that need to be taken.
Children and Young People’s welfare is the paramount consideration.
All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, ethnicity, religious beliefs or sexual identity.
All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to appropriately.
Working in partnership with children and young people and their parents/carers is essential.
Working in partnership with local social services departments, the police, child protection committees and other relevant education and welfare agencies, who may have a statutory responsibility to ensure the welfare of children and young people is essential.
Any act, statement, conduct or other matter which harms a child or young person, or may pose a risk of harm, constitutes behaviour which is improper and the club will take appropriate to address any concerns.
Everyone involved with Falkirk Football Club, particularly The Falkirk Academy and Falkirk Football Community Foundation, must be familiar with the clubs more detailed child protection policy and procedures. Copies are available from the club on request.
Furthermore The Falkirk Academy and Falkirk Football Community Foundation have policies and guidance on the use of social networking, new tecnhology and the internet as well as new players and parents charter policies.