Safeguarding Children is the most important part of making them feel welcome.
Alongside the Football Association, we have strict guidelines when it comes to our responsibilities in safeguarding all of our members. Click on one of the links below for more information on other helpful organisations or visit our documents page.
Ready To Go Pro Academy has strict safeguarding guidelines in the welfare of children and young people, by protecting them from emotional, physical, sexual and from bullying and neglect.
Every child or young person who participates in football should do so in a safe and enjoyable environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse. Ready To Go Pro also acknowledges that this is the responsibility of every adult who is involved with the club.
The Football Association’s Safeguarding Children Regulations (see The FA Handbook) applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This means whether you are a volunteer, match official, helper on club tours, football coach, club official or medical staff.
Every child and young person has been entrusted to the care of Ready To Go Pro. We acknowledge our responsibility in welfare and safeguarding also committed to providing a safe environment for all Ready To Go Pro Academy deems a child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any club football activity.
We subscribe to The Football Association’s (The FA) Safeguarding Children – Policy and Procedures and endorse and adopt the policy statement contained in that document.
The key principles of The FA Safeguarding Children Policy are that:
• The child’s welfare is, and must always be the first consideration.
• All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, race, sexual orientation, faith or belief.
• Suspicions of allegations and abuse are taken seriously and will be responded to immediately and appropriately.
• Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents/carers is essential
If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is involved or has been approached to become part of Ready To Go Pro Academy, guidance will be sought from The Football Association. The FA will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via the CRC Process and that all decisions will be made in accordance with legislation and in the best interests of children and young people.
The FA aims to prevent people with a history of offending from having contact with children or young people and the opportunity to influence policies or practise with children or young people. This is to prevent direct sexual or physical harm to children and to minimise the risk of ‘grooming’ within football. Ready To Go Pro Academy supports The FA’s Whistle Blowing Policy.
Any adult or young person with concerns about an adult in a position of trust with football can ‘whistle blow’ by contacting The FA Safeguarding Team on 0800 169 1863, by writing to The FA Case Manager at The Football Association, Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London SW1P 9EQ.
By emailing Safeguarding@TheFA.com or alternatively by going direct to the Police, Children’s Social Care or the NSPCC. Ready To Go Pro Academy encourages everyone to know about The FA’s Whistle Blowing Policy and to utilise it if necessary.
Ready To Go Pro Academy has appointed a Club Welfare Officer in line with The FA’s role profile and required completion of the Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officers Workshop. The post holder will be involved with Welfare Officer Training provided by The FA and/or County FA. The Club Welfare Officer is the first point of contact for all club members regarding concerns about the welfare of any child or young person.
The Club Welfare Officer will liaise directly with the London County FA (CFA) Welfare Officer Conor McBrearty and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns.
They will also play a proactive role in increasing awareness of Respect, poor practise and abuse amongst club members. The FA’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our club. Ready To Go Pro Academy acknowledges If bullying does occur, all players or parents/carers should be made aware of incidents and how they will be dealt with immediately.
Incidents need to be reported to the Club Welfare Officer in cases of serious bullying the CFA Welfare Officer may be contacted.