Sutton United FC Colts grassroots section appoint a Child Welfare Officer who sits on the Committee and the subject has a place on the Agenda. All persons having anything to do with the Colts will undergo a CRC check, known as enhanced DBS. Every child or young person 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, thus every club is required to endorse and adhere to The Association’s Safeguarding Children Policy. The FA recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of CYP who play or participate in football by protecting them from abuse and harm.
The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration • All CYP have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership, racial origin, faith, ability or disability, pregnancy, and maternity • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately • Working in partnership with other organisations, CYP, and their parents and carers are essential.
Grassroots football would not exist without the thousands of volunteers involved today. There are many different roles in football and ensuring we encourage individuals that are suitable is essential. Getting the right volunteers in place is key to a well organised and happy club that provides football in a safe and supportive environment.