Child Protection

CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER: Sallie LavisĀ  – sallelavis@hotmail.com 01452 547706

Child abuse is a term used to describe the following: Any act, statement, conduct or other matter which harms a child or children, or poses or may pose a risk to harm a child or children, shall constitute behaviour which is improper and brings the game into disrepute.

Abusive situations arise when adults or peers misuse their power over children or young people.

This club operates following the FA code of practice and as such recognises the responsibility of all adults (coaches and parents) to ensure the safety of the players.

A copy of the full FA policy is held on file at the club.

Coaches and parents must ensure that:

Players do not over train beyond their physical or mental capability

Players are not exposed to unsafe equipment or extremes of weather

No inappropriate physical support, treatment or touching takes place

Players are not exposed to bullying: either physical, verbal or emotional

Criticism that is distressing to the victim

Bullying includes setting targets that a player clearly cannot achieve.


The club is responsible for setting standards and values throughout all age groups and teams.

Our commitment is to provide equality of opportunity and take action to eliminate all forms of discrimination.

Equality of opportunity at this club means that we will not discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably and will work to ensure that individual players have equal and appropriate access to club activities.

The club is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all of its members and will adhere to the requirements of the codes of practice issued by the FA in line with current legislation. A copy of the FA code is held on file.

Club coaches will make objective judgements in matters of recruitment, team selection and training, using football related criteria.

Disciplinary Procedure

In line with FA guidance the club has a set procedure to enable members to bring matters of concern to the attention of the Club Management Committee.

Some common sense points to start!

  • The club exists to provide young players and adults with the opportunity to develop their football in an enjoyable coaching environment.
  • Early discussion often resolves matters without recourse to further procedures. Stick to the facts and reflect on matters from the other persons point of view. Try not to personalise matters.
  • Remember that some differences occur between members, personality, approach, etc that cannot be resolved. Sometimes it is best to accept these differences and move on.
  • However, if there is a matter of very serious concern to a member then the following staged procedure needs to be followed.

STAGE ONE: Written submission of matters from affected parties to the club secretary

Review of submission by management committee.

STAGE TWO: The views and observations of other club members will be sought and the persons involved may be invited to attend a management meeting

A further review will be carried out.

STAGE THREE: Advice of the management committee, this may take the following form

The matter is resolved and agreed amicably by all parties.

The matter is resolved by the application of one of the following sanctions:

  • A member is suspended from some specified club activities
  • A member is suspended from all club activities and games for a defined period
  • A member is expelled from the club

The committee reserves the right to inform the appropriate league or County FA of its action if the matter has arisen as a result of an officials’ formal complaint or if the matter is a dispute involving another club.

Some matters may require urgent action to be taken and immediate contact made with the relevant civil authority. In these cases the procedures followed will be as directed by that authority.

Section 7 of the club constitution relating to membership


  • A member shall cease to be a member of the Club if, and from the date on which, he/she gives notice to the Club Committee of their resignation. A member, whose annual membership fee or further subscription is more than 2 months in arrears, shall be deemed to have resigned.
  • The Club Committee shall have the power to expel a member when, in their opinion, it would not be in the interests of the Club for them to remain a member. There shall be no appeal procedures.