Playing football should be safe and fun. Children and young people have a right to be treated with respect, and should show respect to others.
Little Tigers Football academy, known as LTFA, are fully committed to the Child Protection and Safeguarding Guidelines set down by the FA.
The club Safeguarding Policy document can be found at the Policies page. FA guidelines can also be found on the FA’s website. As we are a FA Charter Standard Club our policies and procedures are regularly checked by the Middlesex FA.
Should you have any concerns or if you require further information then please contact in confidence our Club Welfare Officer, Shakir Mohammed (07479495565 OR LITTLETIGERSFA@GMAIL.COM)
The Middlesex FA – Welfare:
London FA Welfare:
Other Contacts and Resources:
If you are a young person and you would prefer to talk to someone outside of the club contact:
- ChildLine 24-hour helpline, tel. 0800 1111, www.childline.org.uk
- Kidscape (dealing with bullying), www.kidscape.org.uk
- Staying safe online www.thinkuknow.co.uk
- Mental health and wellbeing www.youngminds.org.uk
If you are an adult with a concern about a child, contact your Welfare Officer, or
The Middlesex FA Safeguarding Team, Sharon Porter – Safeguarding@middlesexfa.com
- NSPCC 24-hour helpline, tel. 0808 800 5000, www.nspcc.org.uk
- Child Protection in Sport Unit https://thecpsu.org.uk/
- ChildLine 24-hour helpline, tel. 0800 1111, www.childline.org.uk
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection Unit https://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
- Samaritans – https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you
- Sporting Chance https://www.sportingchanceclinic.com/
- Youth Problem Gambling https://www.bigdeal.org.uk/
If you think a child may be at immediate risk of harm, contact the Police or your local Children’s Social Care department. (The Emergency Duty Team number for Harrow, Golden Number: 020 8901 2690).
Little Tigers Football Academy Safeguarding Children Policy
1. LTFA, we acknowledge its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members. 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.
2. The key principles of this Policy are that: 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, race, sexual orientation, faith, or belief. All suspicions, allegations of abuse will be taken seriously, responded to swiftly and appropriately.
Working in partnership with other organisations, children, young people and their parents, carers is essential. We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable, safe environment, be protected from poor practice and abuse. At LTFA, we recognise that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.
3. LTFA, has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual, or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is noted and accepted that 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. We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable, safe environment, be protected from poor practice and abuse. At LTFA, we recognise that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.
4. We endorse, adopt: The FA’s Responsible Recruitment guidelines for recruiting volunteers and we will:
Specify what the role is and what tasks it involves.
Request identification documents.
As a minimum meet and chat with the applicant(s) and where possible interview people before appointing them.
Ask for and follow up with 2 references before appointing someone.
Where eligible require an FA accepted Enhanced Criminal Record Check (CRC) with Barring List Check in line with current FA policy and regulations.
All current LTFA, members working in eligible roles, with children and young people – such as managers and coaches are required to hold an in-date FA accepted Enhanced CRC with Barring List check as part of responsible recruitment practice. If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of LTFA guidance will be sought from The Football Association. It is noted and accepted that The FA will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via the CRC Process and that
all suitability decisions will be made in accordance with legislation and in the best interests of children and young people. It is accepted that The FA aims to prevent people with a history of relevant and significant offending from having contact with children or young people and the
opportunity to influence policies or practice 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.
5. LTFA, 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. At LTFA, we encourage everyone to know about The FA’s Whistle Blowing Policy and to utilise it if necessary.
6. LTFA 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 County FA (CFA) Welfare Officer and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns. They will also play a proactive role in increasing awareness of Respect, poor practice, and abuse amongst club members.
7. We acknowledge and endorse The FA’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all players or parents/carers should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents need to be reported to the Club Welfare Officer in cases of serious bullying the CFA Welfare Officer may be contacted.
8. Respect Codes of Conduct for Players, Parents/ Spectators, Officials and Coaches have been implemented by Little Tigers Football Academy. To validate these Respect codes of conduct the club has clear actions it will take regarding repeated or serious misconduct at club level and acknowledges the possibility of potential sanctions which may be implemented by the County FA in more serious circumstances.
9. Reporting your concerns about the welfare of a child or young person. Safeguarding 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 the Club Welfare Officer.
- If the issue is one of poor practice the Club Welfare Officer will either: deal with the matter themselves or seek advice from the CFA Welfare Officer.
- If the concern is more serious – possible child abuse, where possible, contact the CFA Welfare Officer first, then immediately contact the Police or Children’s Social Care.
- If the child need medical treatment take them to a hospital or call an ambulance and tell them this is a child protection concern. Let your Club Welfare Officer know what action you have taken, they in turn will inform the CFA Welfare Officer.
If at any time you are not able to contact your Club Welfare Officer or the matter is clearly serious then you can either: Contact your CFA Welfare Officer directly.
- Contact The FA Safeguarding Team on 0800 169 1863 or Safeguarding@TheFA.com
- Contact the Police or Children’s Social Care.
- Call NSPCC 24 hour Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000 or text 88858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures are available via, www.TheFA.com/footballrules-governance/safeguarding – click on ‘Raising Awareness, Best Practice Downloads, the Policy and Procedures document is within the resources area. The policy outlines in detail what to do if you are concerned about the welfare of a child and includes flow diagrams which describe this process. How to make a referral is also covered in the Safeguarding Children workshop. Participants are given the opportunity to discuss how this feels and how best they can prepare themselves to deal with such a situation. For more information on this workshop contact your County Welfare Officer.
10. Further advice on Safeguarding Children matters can be obtained from:
County Football Association’s Welfare Officer, 020 85151919 Email – CountyWO@middlesexfa.com
www.TheFA.com/football-rules-governance/ safeguarding or Emailing – Safeguarding@TheFA.com
The FA Safeguarding Children general enquiry line 0845 210 8080.
The FA’s policy on Disclosure and Barring Service CRCs is subject to change. CRC information and
guidance can be found at, TheFA.com/football-rules-governance/safeguarding/ criminal-records-checks.
Little Tigers Football Academy
Rectory Park Football Facility,
Ruislip Road, Northolt, UB5 5FA