Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Paul Mady - Child Welfare Officer

Christ Church United Football Club is affiliated to the Surrey County FA and is recognised by the Football Association as a Mini-Soccer and Soccer Stars Centre. The Club is committed to ensuring that the FA guidelines on Safeguarding Children and wider child safety and well-being issues are observed.

This summary aims to provide parents and carers with a clear understanding of the arrangements that apply before, during and after normal Saturday morning coaching sessions. They form part of the Club's Safeguarding Children policy, which is based on the FA's recommended procedures and practices.

Before coaching sessions start (8.45am- 9am).

Coaching sessions start at 9am. No unaccompanied child should arrive before 8.45am. Neither the Club nor Blenheim High School is responsible for the safety and general well-being of children before that time. Any child who arrives before 8.45am must be accompanied by a parent/carer.

Care should be taken when dropping off your child on arrival, as the main entrance area and carpark are very busy with traffic at this time.

On arrival, each child should go to the area on the grass pitch or the astroturf where his/her age group normally plays, unless instructed otherwise by a Club coach. If a child is part of a team due to travel to an away fixture, he/she should follow the instructions of his/her Team Manager or coach.

If the arrangements for collecting your child at the end of the coaching session are different to those that normally apply, please notify his/her Team Manager or coach before the coaching session starts.

During coaching sessions (9am-10.30am).

During the session, under no circumstances should any child leave his/her coaching group without the permission of his/her Team Manager.

Any child wishing to go to the toilet during a coaching session should tell his/her Team Manager or coach, who will arrange for the child to be escorted by two adults (at least one of whom will be a Club coach) to and back from the entrance to the school toilets.

If you wish to collect your child before the end of a coaching session, please do not take your child away without first notifying his/her Team Manager.

After coaching sessions finish (10.30am-11am).

Coaching sessions finish at 10.30am. Please arrive in good time to collect your child promptly.

To avoid unnecessary congestion and risk of accident, please collect your child from his/her coaching area and not the main entrance area or carpark.

Players should always be careful when in the car park as some cars might not see them. Drivers, please be aware of children in the car park as you drop off or pick up.

For the younger children playing on the astroturf (school years 1, 2 and 3), parents/carers are asked to collect them from their coaching area in person. Under no circumstances should any child leave the astroturf unaccompanied.

If a child is not collected by 11am and his/her Team Manager is unable to contact his/her parent or carer, the club will have no option but to refer the matter to the local police. Under exceptional circumstances it may be possible for a child to be collected after 11am, by prior agreement with the appropriate Team Manager.