#1 – Introduction

JM Academy Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any club football activity.

JM Academy is managed by a management team (JM Academy Management Committee). One member of the team has a responsibility for safeguarding children. The management team have adopted this safeguarding policy and expects every adult working or helping at JM Academy to support it and comply with it. This policy shall apply to all staff, managers, directors, volunteers or anyone working on behalf of JM Academy.

#2 Purpose of the policy 

This policy is intended to protect children and young people who receive any service from us, including children of adults who many receive any services from us. As an organisation we believe that NO child or young person should experience abuse or harm and are committed to the protection of children and young people and this policy is intended to provide guidance and overarching principles to those who represent us as volunteers or staff, to guide our approach to child protection and safeguarding.

Nearly every child grows up in a safe and happy environment and it is important not to exaggerate or overestimate the dangers. nevertheless, there are situations where children need protection including:

– Sexual Abuse

– Grooming

– Physical & Emotion Abuse

– Neglect

– Domestic Violence

– Inappropriate Supervision By Staff Or Volunteers

– Bullying

– Victimisation

– Self-harm

– Unsafe environments & Activities

– Crime

– Exploitation

#3 Safeguarding Children At Events/Activities

All our events and activities are open to all ages, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult to and from training and this includes all match days and tournaments. Young people aged 16 or 17 may attend unaccompanied if they bring a written consent from or text message to the relevant coach. (Contact numbers will be added to the child’s file during online registration)

#4 Disclosure & Barring 

Some of our activities may therefore require adult participants or adult leaders to undergo an Access NI check under the safeguarding Vulnerable Groups 2006. The required level of checking (if any) will broadly reflect the degree and frequency of unsupervised access given to other peoples children. The JM management team will take very seriously, any allegation of impropriety on the part of any member of JM Academy. Anyone who discovers anything amiss should get in touch immediately with Jordan Moffett – 07947124644. Once a member has been notified a meeting will be called and the team will review the allegation and likely risk to children and, if appropriate will conceder banning the member from future events or revoking his or her membership or both, but only in full accordance with the rules and procedures of JM Academy.

#5 Health & Safety Aspects

Before starting any training session or match the relevant coach will carry out a relevant risk assessment and then take steps to minimise all risks to health and safety. Parents and children will be made aware of any particular risks and the steps to be taken to minimise those risks. The team will keep a record of all risk assessments.

#6 Policies On The Prevention Of Bullying 

Here at JM Academy we will not tolerate bullying of children either by adults or by other children. If any incident of any child on child bullying should arise at a JM Academy training session, match or even an event, those involved with be separated and the parents will be asked to come together and deal with the matter. The management team will review all incidents of child on child bullying and prevent the future risk. If appropriate a suspension letter will be sent to the child’s parents and a meeting will be set up to discuss a way forward and agreement to be signed.

#7 Photographing Of Children/Young People 

Players, parents coaching and spectators may expect to be photographed at our training sessions, matches or events and we reserve the right to publish these photographs on social media. Once a child signs up to the academy we ask for permission to use the young person in any photographs. Under no circumstances should another adult take pictures or videos of anyone under the age of 18 without parental consent as well as informing the club staff.

To be updated on February 2020