Exeter City Safeguarding Policy
This is in addition to and complimentary to any football league requirements
Purpose and Aims
The purpose of Exeter City safeguarding policy is to provide a secure framework for the workforce in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of those children and vulnerable adults who attend our settings. The policy aims to ensure that:
Ethos‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enable them to fulfil their potential. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right.’ Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
- All our children and vulnerable adults are safe and protected from harm.
- Other procedures and policies are in place to enable children to feel safe and adopt safe practices.
- Staff, players, directors, coaches, children, trustee’s, visitors, volunteers and parents are aware of the expected behaviours and the club’s legal responsibilities in relation to promoting the safeguarding and welfare of our children and vulnerable adults.
Safeguarding at Exeter City is considered everyone’s responsibility and as such our club aims to create the safest environment within which every child and vulnerable adult has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Exeter City
recognises the contribution it can make to ensure that all children and vulnerable adult who use our settings feel that they will be listened to and appropriate action taken. We will do this by working in partnership with other agencies in accordance with ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children - March 2013’Responsibilities and expectations
Exeter City Football Club has Directors whose legal responsibility it is to make sure that the club has effective safeguarding policies and procedures in place and monitors that the club complies with them. The Directors
should also ensure that the policy is made available if requested. It is the responsibility of the Directors
to ensure that all officials, staff and volunteers are properly checked to make sure they are safe to work with the children who attend our settings, that the settings have procedures for handling allegations of abuse made against members of staff or volunteers and ensure the safe and appropriate use of cameras, mobile phones, technology and on line equipment within the settings. The Directors
have a Safeguarding Designated Officer (SDO) and Child protection Officer (CPO) who has responsibility for dealing with all safeguarding issues in our setting.
The Safeguarding Team for the football club are Paul Farley, Dick Bedford and Ian Tearle
The Named Director for Safeguarding is Paul Farley
It is the responsibility of the Safeguarding team that all safeguarding issues raised in settings are effectively responded to, recorded and referred to the appropriate agency. They are also responsible for arranging the whole settings safeguarding training for all staff and volunteers who work with children and young people in our setting. The SDO must ensure that the whole settings safeguarding training takes place at least every three years
; which they can deliver within setting provided they are linked in to the support and quality assurance process offered by the Local Authority.
The SDO is required to attend or ensure that a senior member of staff who has the relevant training and access to appropriate supervision, attends where appropriate, all child protection case conferences, reviews, core groups or meetings where it concerns a child at our setting and to contribute to multi-agency discussions to safeguard and promote the child’s welfare.
The Safeguarding Team are responsible for ensuring the acceptable, safe use and storage of all camera technology, images, and mobile phones through the implementation, monitoring and reviewing of the appropriate polices and procedures. This includes the E-safety Policy which includes Camera & Image Policy, Mobile Phone Policy, and Acceptable Use Policy.
All Child Protection concerns need to be acted on immediately
. If you are concerned that a child may be at risk or is suffering abuse, you must tell the Safeguarding Designated Officer.
All Adults, including the SDO, have a duty to refer all known or suspected cases of abuse to the relevant agency including MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub), Children and Young Peoples Service (CYPS) – Social Care, or the Police.
Where a disclosure is made to a visiting staff member from a different agency, e.g. Early Years Consultants, Health Visitors, it is the responsibility of that agency staff to formally report the referral to the Setting’s Designated Person in the first instance. Any records made should be kept securely on the Child’s Protection file.
Recognising concerns, signs and indicators of abuse
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children and vulnerable adults from deliberate harm. For our setting it includes such things as child safety, bullying, racist abuse and harassment, visits, intimate care and internet safety etc. However, it must be acknowledged that technology itself will not present the greatest risk, but the behaviours of individuals using such equipment will. The witnessing of abuse can have a damaging affect on those who are party to it, as well as the child subjected to the actual abuse, and in itself will have a significant impact on the health and emotional well-being of the child. Abuse can take place in any family, institution or community setting, by telephone or on the internet. Abuse can often be difficult to recognise as children may behave differently or seem unhappy for many reasons, as they move through the stages of childhood or their family circumstances change. However, it is important to know the indicators of abuse and to be alert to the need to consult further.Physical Abuse
This can involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, punching, kicking, scalding, burning, drowning and suffocating. It can also result when a parent or carer deliberately causes the ill health of a child in order to seek attention through fabricated or induced illness. This was previously known as Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy.
Emotional Abuse is where a child’s need for love, security, recognition and praise is not met. It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of someone else such as in Domestic Violence or Domestic Abuse. A parent, carer or authority figure is considered emotionally abusive when they are consistently hostile, rejecting, threatening or undermining toward a child or other family member. It can also occur when children are prevented from having social contact with others or if inappropriate expectations are placed upon them. Symptoms that indicate emotional abuse include:
• Excessively clingy or attention seeking.
• Very low self-esteem or excessive self-criticism.
• Withdrawn behaviour or fearfulness.
• Lack of appropriate boundaries with strangers; too eager to please.
• Eating disorders or self-harm
Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. This may include physical contact both penetrative and non-penetrative, or viewing pornographic material including through the use of the internet. Indicators of sexual abuse include: allegations or disclosures, genital soreness, injuries or disclosure, sexually transmitted diseases, inappropriate sexualized behaviour including words, play or drawing.
Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs which can significantly harm their health and development. Neglect can include inadequate supervision (being left alone for long periods of time), lack of stimulation, social contact or education, lack of appropriate food, shelter, appropriate clothing for conditions and medical attention and treatment when necessary.
What to do if you are concerned
If a child or vulnerable adult makes a disclosure or allegation of abuse against an adult or other child or young person, it is important that you:
- Stay calm and listen carefully.
- Reassure them that they have done the right thing in telling you.
- Do not investigate or ask leading questions. Let them know that you will need to tell someone else.
- Do not promise to keep what they have told you a secret.
- Inform your Safeguarding Designated Officer as soon as possible.
- Make a written record of the allegation, disclosure or incident which you must sign, date and record your position using the setting safeguarding record log forms.
If you are concerned that a member of staff or adult in a position of trust poses a danger to a child or young person or that they might be abusing a child or young person you should report your concerns to the Safeguarding Designated Officer. Where those concerns relate to the Safeguarding Designated Officer however, this should be reported to the Chair of the Board using the settings ‘Whistle blowing’ policy.Managing Allegations
We are aware of the possibility of allegations being made against members of staff or volunteers that are working or may come into contact with children and young people whilst in our setting. Allegations will usually be that some kind of abuse has taken place. This could include inappropriate behaviour displayed by members of staff or other persons working with the children such as inappropriate sexual comments, excessive one to one attention beyond the requirements their role and responsibilities, inappropriate sharing or images. They can be made by children and young people or other concerned adults. Allegations are made for a variety of reasons:
- Abuse has actually taken place.
- Something has happened to the child that reminds them of a past event – the child is unable to recognize that the situation and people are different; Children can misinterpret your language or your actions.
- Some children recognise that allegations can be powerful and if they are angry with you about something they can make an allegation as a way of hitting out.
- An allegation can be a way of seeking attention.
If an allegation is made against an adult in a position of trust whether they be members of staff or volunteers this should be brought to the immediate attention of the SDO who will advise the Board of Directors. In the case of the allegation being made against the SDO this will be brought to the immediate attention of the Chair of the Board. The SDO/Chair of the board will need to discuss with the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) the nature of the allegations made against the adult, in order for the appropriate action to be taken. This may constitute an initial evaluation meeting or strategy discussion depending on the allegation being made. The Chair of The board will need to:
- Refer to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) immediately and follow up in writing within 48 hours. Consider safeguarding arrangements of the child or young person to ensure they are away from the alleged abuser.
- Contact the parents or carers of the child/young person if advised to do so by the LADO.
- Consider the rights of the staff member for a fair and equal process of investigation.
- Ensure that the appropriate disciplinary procedures are followed including whether suspending a member of staff from work until the outcome of any investigation if this is deemed necessary.
- Act on any decision made in any strategy meeting.
- Advise the Independent Safeguarding Authority where a member of staff has been disciplined or dismissed as a result of the allegations being founded.
All members of staff and volunteers will have access to whole setting safeguarding training at least every three years in line with Devon Safeguarding Children’s Board (DSCB). We will also, as part of our induction, issue information in relation to our Safeguarding policy and any policy related to safeguarding and promoting our children/young people’s welfare to all newly appointed staff and volunteers.
Our Safeguarding Team will undertake further safeguarding training, Football league safeguarding course or Group 3 DSCB Multi-Agency Safeguarding course or Group 3 Refresher Courses, in addition to the whole setting training. This will be undertaken at least every three years which updates their awareness and understanding of the impact of the wide agenda of safeguarding issues. This will support both the SDO to be able to better undertake their role and support the setting in ensuring our safeguarding arrangements are robust and achieving better outcomes for the children in our setting. This includes taking part in multi-agency training in addition to safeguarding training.
will have access to safeguarding training and our Named Director for Safeguarding will also undertake additional awareness training at least every three years. They will also be advised to undertake additional training to support their employers’ role in Handling Allegations against adults who work with children and young people, including our staff and volunteers.
Our safeguarding arrangements are reported on an annual basis to the Directors and our Safeguarding policy is reviewed annually, in order to keep it updated in line with local and national guidance/legislation.
We will include our Safeguarding Policy in our settings prospectus (FITC and Academy) and website
and will post copies of our policy throughout the settings. We are also able to arrange for our policy to be made available to parents whose first language is not English, on request.
Mobile Phones and Cameras
Exeter City Football Club has policies and procedures in place with regard to the use of mobile phones and cameras in the settings and on visits etc.
Related Setting Policies
‘Safeguarding covers more than the contribution made to child protection in relation to individual children. It also encompasses issues such as child health and safety, bullying and a range of other issues, for example, arrangements for meeting the medical needs of children, providing first aid, setting security, drugs and substance misuse, etc.
There may also be other safeguarding issues that are specific to the local area or population’
Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education DfES 2007
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For further information regarding any child protection procedure, please consult:www.swcpp.org.ukUseful Contacts:CYPS area contact numbers:
(9am - 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am – 4pm Friday)
Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) 0345 155 1071
MASH Consultation Line:
North Devon CYPS - 01271 388 660
Exeter and East CYPS - 01392 384 444
Mid Devon CYPS - 08448 805 838
Teignbridge, South & West Devon CYPS - 01392 386 000
Out of hours for CYPS (Social Care):
5pm -9am and at weekends and public holidays, please contact:
Emergency Duty Service 0845 6000 388 (low-rate call)
Police Central Referral Unit:
0845 605 116
EYCS Consultation Service:
If you have concerns about a child but are unsure whether to make a Social Care referral. The numbers are:
Nikki Phillips – Locality Manager for Exeter, East and Mid Devon: 01392 385394
Melissa Filby – Locality Manager for Northern Devon: 01271 388901
Susan Bolt - Locality Manager for South West Devon:01626 324982
Head of Safeguarding: 01392 386091
DSCB Office: Christina Ashforth: 01392 386067
Child Protection Chairs and Local Authority Designated Officers for managing allegations against staff:
Allegations against staff Referral Co-ordinator: 01392 384964
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub – MASH
- Manages contacts and referrals received from any source (usually CYPS and Police 121A reports)Develops a document recording the concern information and all other available information in the Hubs within agreed timescales and an Early Years and Families manager makes an informed decision using all of the available information.
- Develops concern information into an Early Years and Families referral if services are required under section 17 or section 47 of The Children Act 1989
- Liaises with the Early Response Service for children and young people who need services but do not meet The Children Act 1989 threshold
- Provides consultation to agency referrers about thresholds, appropriate action to be undertaken and services.
The Hub contributes to improved outcomes for safeguarding children because it has the ability to swiftly collate and share information held by the various agencies and to provide a multi-agency risk assessment of each case for ‘actual or likely harm’.
A copy of the MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) Factsheet for Parents available for you to look at OR please go to http://www.devon.gov.uk/mashparentsfactsheet.pdf
for a copy of the MASH Factsheet for Parents”
The above list is not exhaustive and as new policy guidance and legislation develops within the remit of Safeguarding we will review and update our policies and procedures as appropriate and in line with the Devon Safeguarding Children Board and Local Authority