ISFA CHILD WELFARE AND SAFEGUARDING POLICY

 Below is the ISFA’s Safeguarding policy and relevant information regarding child welfare.

ISFA’s Child Welfare and Safeguarding policy refers specifically to ISFA-run activities, during which ISFA staff or volunteers are working. These will include:-

  • Representative Football.
  • ISFA Cup Finals
  • ISFA tournaments

If you have a concern about the welfare of a child and/or specific safeguarding concern within a school or grassroots club, they will have their own Safeguarding Children Policies and Procedures which you will need to follow.  They should also have designated staff to assist you.

Safeguarding Children Policy Statement

Every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in football. The ISFA recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people involved in ISFA activities by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying.

The ISFA is therefore committed to working to provide a safe environment for all children and young people to participate in the sport to the best of their abilities for as long as they choose to do so.

Key principles

• The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration

• All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation

• All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately

• Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents and carers is essential.

The ISFA is committed to working in partnership with the Football Association and therein the Police, Social Care Departments, and Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCB) in accordance with their procedures. This is essential to enable these organisations to carry out their statutory duties to investigate concerns and protect all children and young people.

It is essential that everyone is clear about how to report a concern about the welfare of a child or young person. In summary this means following the guidelines set out in the ISFA Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures.

Reporting Concerns

Safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility. If you are worried about a child it is important that you report your concerns - no action is not an option.

If you are worried about a child then you need to report your concerns to ISFA Welfare Officer  Denis Lawrence - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or via phone 07981 322663.

If the child needs immediate medical treatment take them to a hospital or call an ambulance and tell them this is a child protection concern. Then let the ISFA Welfare Officer know what action you have taken.

If at any time you are not able to contact the ISFA Welfare Officer or the matter is very serious then you can either:

Call The FA/NSPCC 24 hour Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000 Contact the Police or Children's Services

If you need to report a welfare concern, please follow the procedures outlined by the FA below:-

FA Procedure - Deadling with Concerns

 

Useful Links

FA Update on the Protection of Freedoms Act within Football

What is Child Abuse? How can you help?

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
 

MAJOR DATES
SEASON 2017-18

Sun 26th Nov
ISFA North v. South
U18 & U16 matches
(Shrewsbury, 2.00)

11th-12th Dec
ISFA U15 & U14
Representative Camp
(St. George’s Park)

12th-13th Dec
ISFA Girls U18 & U16
Representative Camp
(St. George’s Park)

13th-14th Dec
ISFA U18 & U16
Representative Camp
(St. George’s Park)

Sun 4th Feb
ISFA U18 v. Welsh Schools
(The New Saints FC, 2.00)

Mon 12th Feb
Scottish Schools v.
English Independent Schools
(Toryglen Centre, Glasgow, 4.00)

Tues. 13th Mar
Boodles ISFA Cup Final
(MK Dons FC, 7.00)

Thurs.15th Mar
Investec ISFA U13 Cup Final
(Burton Albion FC, 1.15)

Thurs 15th Mar
Investec ISFA U15 Cup Final
(Burton Albion FC, 6.00)

7th-9th Apr
ISFA U13 Regional
Representative Festival
(Shrewsbury School)

Tues 24th Apr
ISFA U11
Seven-a-Side Tournament
National Finals
(St. George’s Park, 11.00)