With the new season in full swing it is time for CFA staff to get out to see in person some of our clubs to conduct a child safeguarding visit.
The FA and County FA view Safeguarding as the number one priority and visits to a number of clubs in order to see first-hand how safeguarding is being conducted are regarded as a crucial part of the process.
The visits will involve speaking to club officials, coaches, players, and parents to establish understanding of safeguarding issues, and how to deal with them and report them. Although the visits may be unannounced and have an element of compliance about them, the main aim is to be supportive and if any issues or gaps in understanding, policy or procedure are found, our Designated Safeguarding Officer will work with you to ensure things are put right.
What is Safeguarding?
The following quote is from England manager, Gareth Southgate: “The first aim should be that everybody enjoys playing the game. Enable your players to try things without fear of failure. They should be able to express themselves and their personality, to have fun with their friends and grow their love of football. Whilst you want to encourage them to be as good as they can, it has to be acceptable to lose.”
If you have any safeguarding concerns at all, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Officer, Graham Fisher, via Safeguarding@Berks-BucksFA.com. Alternatively, visit the Safeguarding section of our website for more information.