Safeguarding

At Abbeymead Rovers FC, we take the health, safety and wellbeing of our members seriously. We have in place many policies and procedures to ensure we comply to FA and Government regulations with respect to children under the age of 18 and vulnerable adults.

All of our players, coaches, committee members and parents/guardians should feel that the activities the club provides is safe and that no child or vulnerable adult is at harm.

It is important that people are aware of the following safeguarding information:

  • How to report a safeguarding concern?

  • Safeguarding policies and procedures

  • Requirements and training for people working with children and vulnerable adults

Remember, the safety and wellbeing of our members is everyones responsibility!

How to report a safeguarding concern?

There are four ways a safeguarding concern can be reported and these are shown below. Where a child or vulnerable adult is at immediate risk, you should always contact the police using 999 or 112.

1. Club Welfare Officer

The club have an experienced welfare officer who has received mandatory FA training for safeguarding concerns. You can contact our club welfare officer using the details below:

Sallie Lavis - Club Welfare Officer

E-Mail: welfare@abbeymeadroversfc.com or sallielavis@hotmail.com

Phone: 07443 417693

2. Gloucestershire FA Safeguarding Team

The Gloucestershire FA have a dedicated safeguarding team who are able to listen to and act upon any welfare concerns or issues. You can contact the Gloucestershire FA safeguarding team using the details below:

Hugh Feltham - Designated Safeguarding Officer

E-Mail: safeguarding@gloucestershirefa.com

Phone: 07960 500130

Web: www.gloucestershirefa.com/safeguarding-and-welfare

3. The FA (National) Safeguarding Team/NSPCC

The FA have a dedicated national safeguarding team who can assist. You can contact them using the following details:

E-Mail: safeguarding.children@thefa.com


The NSPCC have a 24-Hour hotline you can contact:

Phone: 0808 800 5000 (24 Hour)

4. Emergency Services and Authorities

Where a child or vulnerable adult is at immediate risk, you shoud contact the police/authorities on 999 or 112 immediatly.

If you have a concern, you can contact the following organisations:

  • Police Non-Emergency Number: 101

  • NSPCC (for Adults): 0808 800 5000 (24 Hour)

  • Childline (for Children): 0800 1111 (24 Hour)

Safeguarding Policies and Procedures

The club have adopted the following policies and procedures (you can click the buttons to access them) which are relevent to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults:

Requirements and Training for People Working with Children and Vulnerable Adults

  1. Under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004, it is a legal requirement that the club adopt a Child Safeguarding Policy which stipulates that all persons working with children must hold a valid Enhanced DBS (including Barring Lists).

  2. As part of the club's FA Charter Standard Accreditation, there must be at least one coach per team present at all times who possess (or is currently undertaking) the following qualifications:

    • FA Level 1 Coaching in Football (or higher).

    • FA Safeguaring Children Qualification (in date - must be renewed every 3 years).

    • FA Introduction to Emergency Aid in Football (or higher, in date - must be renewed every 3 years).

    • Enhanced DBS (including Child Barring Lists and completed via the Club Welfare Officer, must be renewed every 3 years).

  3. A new coach or helper must complete an Enhanced DBS check before assisting or taking part in any coaching with children.

  4. Coaches and the club committee are all responsible for ensuring that safeguarding policies and procedures are adhered to at all times.

  5. Everybody has a duty to protect children and vulnerable adults, including reporting as soon as possible any concerns you may have - do not turn a blind eye!

Club Safeguarding Team

Obtaining an Enhanced DBS Certificate

Enhanced DBS Checks are initiated by the Club Safeguarding Team. If you are wanting to become a coach or assistant, you must be willing to proceed with the Enhanced DBS check to obtain a certificate to allow you to work with children and/or adults at risk.

  1. Contact the Club Welfare Officer (welfare@abbeymeadroversfc.com) and provide your full name, address, date of birth and FAN number if known.

  2. The club will set you up on the FA Whole Game System to complete your Enhanced DBS application. You need to be able to log in to the FA Whole Game System. Your email address associated with your FA Whole Game System account should be already linked so if you don't know your password or it is the first time logging in to the system, you can request a password reset. If you have any issues, contact the Club Welfare Officer (welfare@abbeymeadroversfc.com).

  3. When you log in to your FA Whole Game System account, you will see a button called "My DBS" on the left hand menu. Select this and follow the on screen instructions.

  4. Once the online application stage is completed, you will be required to complete an ID verification. You must arrange a visit by the Club Welfare Officer (welfare@abbeymeadroversfc.com) to verify your identity and documents.

  5. After ID verification, your Enhanced DBS application is submitted. You will receive an email to inform you and also provide you with a tracking link.

  6. Your application normally is completed within 7 days and a certificate posted to your home address. In some cases you may be asked to send your certificate to a safeguarding authority for an assessment - delaying this will delay your application being approved by the FA. A criminal record or conviction does not automatically disqualify a potential coach or assistant however each application is carefully considered on its own merit and is not determined by the club.

  7. Once your Enhanced DBS certificate is accepted by the FA, your FA account will be updated accordingly. Your Enhanced DBS Certificate must be renewed every 3 years.