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Welfare Officers Trevor & Tracy Bailey
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Interwood 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 of it’s members.
A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any club football activity.
We subscribe to The Football Association’s Child protection and best practice - Policy and Procedures, Safeguarding Children and Young People (revised edition 2004) and endorse and adopt the Policy Statement contained in that document.
The key principles of The FA Child Protection Policy are that:
The child's welfare is, and must always be of the upmost paramount consideration
All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age,
gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.
All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and
Working in partnership with other organisation’s, children and young people and their parents/
carer’s is essential.
We acknowledge that 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 poor practice and abuse. Interwood Football Club recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.
Interwood Football Club has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is noted and accepted that The Football Associations Regulation (Appendix 1) applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This means whether you are a volunteer, match official, helper on club tours, football coach, club official or medical staff.
We endorse and adopt The FA’s Child protection and best practice – Guidelines for recruiting volunteers and will:
Develop a role profile and use standard application forms
Request identification documents
As a minimum meet the applicant and where possible conduct interviews
Request and follow up two references before appointing
Require an FA DBS Unit Enhanced Disclosure
If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of Interwood Football Club, guidance will be sought from The Football Association. It is noted and accepted that The FA will consider the relevance and significance of the offence, and or soft data
Provided on the enhanced disclosure, to the safety of children. All decisions will be made in the best interests of children and young people.
In addition all current Interwood Football Club members with direct access to children and young people will be required to complete a CRB Enhanced Disclosure via The FA CRB Unit.
It is accepted that the FA aims to prevent people with a history of relevant and significant offending, from having contact with children or young people and the opportunity to influence policies or practice with children or young people. This is to prevent direct sexual or physical harm to children and to minimise the risk of ‘grooming’ within football.
Interwood Football Club supports The FA’s Whistle blowing Policy – this is an early warning system where anyone can raise concerns over misconduct or malpractice within an organisation or within an independent structure associated with it.
Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can also use 'whistle blowing' by contacting The F A Child Protection Team on 0207 745 4914 or by writing to The Case Administrator, Child Protection Team, The Football Association, 25 Soho Square, W1D 4FA. We would encourage everyone to know about it and utilise it whenever necessary.
Interwood Football Club has appointed a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) in line with the FA’s role profile and attendance at a Child protection and best practice - Workshop. The post holder will be involved with any designated persons training provided by The FA. The CWO is the first point of contact for all club members and parents/guardians regarding concerns for the welfare of any child or young person. They liase directly with the CFA CPO and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns. They will also play a proactive role in increasing an awareness of poor practice and abuse amongst club members.
We acknowledge and endorse The FA’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all players or parents/guardians should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents need to be reported to the CWO or member of the committee or alternatively contact the CFA CPO. In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be referred to The FA. The bullying allegation will be investigated and an attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour. If mediation fails and the bullying is seen to continue the club will initiate disciplinary action under the club constitution.
Codes of conduct have been developed in partnership with the relevant stakeholders as part of Interwood Football Clubs safeguarding initiatives. All stakeholder groups are to be informed of the clubs codes on joining the club. There will be an annual review to make any necessary amends.
Players Code of Conduct
Parents/Spectators Code of Conduct
Officials Code of Conduct
In order to validate/substantiate these codes of conduct the club has developed sanctions to deal with any misconduct at club level and accepts the possibility of potential sanctions which may be implemented by leagues or the CFA in more serious circumstances. (IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE CLUB MEMBERS ARE INVOLVED IN DECIDING WHAT SANCTIONS WOULD BE APPROPRIATE E.G. VERBAL WARNING,MATCH BAN)
Further advice on Child Protection matters can be obtained from:
The Football Association/NSPCC Child Protection 24-Hour Helpline 0808 800 5000
The London Football Association’s Child Protection Officer, whose details can be found in the County Handbook.
FA CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PLAYERS
A PLAYER SHOULD: -
Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina
Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance
Avoid gamesmanship and time-wasting
Not use inappropriate language
Know and abide by the laws, rules and spirit of the game and competition rules
Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally
Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game
Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play and help injured opponents
Accept the decision of the Match Officials without protest
Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official
Show due respect towards MatchOfficials
Abide by the instructions of their coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this code
Show due respect towards the Team Officials of the opposition
THE FA COACHES ASSOCIATION CODE OF CONDUCT
Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.
Coaches must place the well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.
Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual
trust and respect.
Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour.
Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the
age, maturity, experience and ability of players.
Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players (and, where appropriate, parent) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.
Coaches must cooperate fully with other appointed specialists (eg other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.
Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (eg fair play) and never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances of techniques.
Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
Not to use or tolerate inappropriate language.
CODE OF CONDUCT
PLAYER - PARENT - STAFF
Interwood FC play an important role in promoting the physical, social, and emotional development of young people who can recognize choices, think about consequences and base their actions on that information. Therefore, it is essential for parents, coaches, spectators, and officials to encourage youth athletes to embrace the values of good sportsmanship. Furthermore, parents, coaches, spectators, and officials involved in youth sports events should be models of. good sportsmanship and should lead by example by demonstrating fairness, respect, and self-control. Interwood FC is committed to establishing an environment that is safe and fosters learning opportunities for all our players.
Interwood FC has formulated this Code of Conduct and requires that you commit to be responsible for your words and actions while attending, coaching, officiating, or participating in Interwood FC events and that you conform your behaviour to the following Code of Conduct:
1. I will treat everyone whom I encounter with respect.
2. I will not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct towards any other coach, player, parent, participant, official or any other attendee.
3. I will not engage in unsportsmanlike behaviour towards any coach, parent, player, participant official or any other attendee.
4. I will not engage in any behaviour which would endanger the health, safety, or well-being of any coach, parent, player, participant, official, or any other attendee.
5. I will not use drugs, or alcohol products while involved in any youth soccer activities, whether training, attending games, or officiating.
6. I will not use profanity, obscenity or any other offensive language.
7. I will endeavour to ensure that no parents, spectators or anyone associated with my team to use profanity, obscenity or any other offensive language while within the hearing of players or officials.
8. I will not engage in verbal or physical abuse towards any other coach, player, parent, participant, or official.
Anyone who fails to conform to the preceding Code of Conduct while attending, coaching, training, officiating or participating in an event sanctioned by Interwood FC will be subject to disciplinary action and maybe asked to leave the Club without the return of their registration fees.
ANTI BULLING POLICY
There is no need for bullying
Statement of Intent
We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our members so they can participate in football in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all club members or parents should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING club. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the Club Welfare Officer or any committee member. This club is committed to playing its part to teach players to treat each other with respect.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.
Bullying can be:
Emotional being unfriendly, excluding (emotionally and
physically) sending hurtful text messages, tormenting, (e.g. hiding football boots/shin guards, threatening gestures)
Physical pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
Sexual unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
Discrimination racial taunts, graffiti, gestures, homophobic comments, jokes about disabled people, sexist comments,
Verbal name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
This is when a person uses technology i.e. mobile phones or the internet (social networking sites, chat rooms, instant messenger, tweets), to deliberately upset someone. Bullies often feel anonymous and ‘distanced’ from the incident when it takes place online and ‘bystanders’ can easily become bullies themselves by forwarding the information on. There is a growing trend for bullying to occur online or via texts – bullies no longer rely on being physically near to the young person.
Objectives of this Policy
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This club commits to ensure our website websites and/
or social networking pages are being used appropriately and any online bullying will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately in line with procedures detailed in this policy.
Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Individuals who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.
This club has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.
• All club members, coaches, officials and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is.
• All club members, officials and coaching staff should know what the club policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.
• All players and parents should know what the club policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.
• As a club we take bullying seriously. Players and parents should be assured that they would be supported when bullying is reported.
• Bullying will not be tolerated.
Signs and Indicators
A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:
• says he or she is being bullied
• is unwilling to go to club sessions
• becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
• feels ill before training sessions
• comes home with clothes torn or training equipment damaged
• has possessions go “missing”
asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay the bully)
has unexplained cuts or bruises
is frightened to say what’s wrong
gives improbable excuses for any of the above.
In more extreme cases:
cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
is bullying other children or siblings
attempts or threatens suicide or runs away.
These signs and behaviours may indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.
Bullying as a result of any form of discrimination
Bullying because of discrimination occurs when bullying
is motivated by a prejudice against certain people or groups of people. This may be because of their gender, age, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability or ability.
Generally, these forms of bullying look like other sorts of bullying, but in particular it can include:
Verbal abuse – derogatory remarks about girls or women, suggesting girls and women are inferior to boys and men,
or that black, Asian and ethnic minority people are not as capable as white people; spreading rumours that someone is gay, suggesting that something or someone is inferior and so they are “gay” – for example, “you’re such a gay boy!” or “those trainers are so gay!” Ridiculing someone because of a disability or mental health related issue, or because they have a physical, mental or emotional developmental delay. Referring to someone by the colour of their skin, rather than their name; using nicknames that have racial connotations; isolating someone because they come from another country or social background etc.
Physical abuse – including hitting, punching, kicking, sexual assault, and threatening behaviour.
Cyberbullying – using online spaces to spread rumours about someone or exclude them. It can also include text messaging, including video and picture messaging.
Discrimination is often driven by a lack of understanding which only serves to strengthen stereotypes and can potentially lead to actions that may cause women, ethnic minorities, disabled people, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, or people who follow specific religions or beliefs, to feel excluded, isolated or undervalued. Ensure that club members know that discriminatory language and behaviour will not be tolerated in this club.
• If an incident occurs, members should be informed that discriminatory language is offensive, and will not be tolerated. If a member continues to make discriminatory remarks, explain in detail the effects that discrimination and bullying has on people. If it is a young person making the remarks their parents should be informed just as in any breach of the clubs Code of Conduct and this Anti-Bullying policy.
• If a member makes persistent remarks, they should be removed from the training setting in line with managing challenging behaviour and the Club Welfare Officer or club officials should talk to them in more detail about why their comments are unacceptable.
• If the problem persists, the member should be made to understand the sanctions that will apply if they continue to use discriminatory language or behaviour.
• Consider inviting the parents/carers to the club to discuss the attitudes of the youth member in line with the procedures detailed in this policy.
1. Report bullying incidents to the Club Welfare Officer or a member of the clubs committee
2. In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be referred to the County FA Welfare Officer for advice and possibly to The FA Case Management Team
3. Parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem
4. If necessary and appropriate, the police will be consulted 5. The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be
investigated and the bullying stopped quickly
6. An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour
7. If mediation fails and the bullying is seen to continue the club will initiate disciplinary action under the club constitution.
Recommended club action
If the club decides it is appropriate for them to deal with the situation they should follow the procedure outlined below:
Reconciliation by getting the parties together. It may be that a genuine apology solves the problem.
If this fails/not appropriate a small panel (made up from Chairman, Club Welfare Officer, Secretary, committee members) should meet with the parent and child alleging bullying to get details of the allegation. Minutes should be taken for clarity, which should be agreed by all as a
The same 3 persons should meet with the alleged bully and parent/s and put the incident raised to them to answer and give their view of the allegation. Minutes should again be taken and agreed.
If bullying has in their view taken place the individual should be warned and put on notice of further action
i.e. temporary or permanent suspension if the bullying continues. Consideration should be given as to whether a reconciliation meeting between parties is appropriate at this time.
In some cases the parent of the bully or bullied player can be asked to attend training sessions, if they are able to do so, and if appropriate. The club committee should monitor the situation for a given period to ensure the bullying is not being repeated.
All coaches involved with both individuals should be made aware of the concerns and outcome of the process i.e. the warning.
In the case of adults reported to be bullying anyone
within the club under 18
The County Welfare Officer should always be informed and will advise on action to be taken where appropriate, this may include action by The FA Safeguarding Team.
It is anticipated that in most cases where the allegation is made regarding a team manager, official or coach, The FA’s Safeguarding Children Education Programme may be recommended.
More serious cases may be referred to the Police and/or Children’s Social Care.
The club will have a written constitution, which includes what is acceptable and proper behaviour for all members of which the anti bullying policy is one part.
• All club members and parents will sign to accept the constitution upon joining the club.
• The Club Welfare Officer will raise awareness about bullying and why it matters, and if issues of bullying arise in the club, will consider meeting with members to discuss the issue openly and constructively.
This policy is based on guidance provided to schools
by KIDSCAPE. KIDSCAPE is a voluntary organisation committed to help prevent child bullying. KIDSCAPE can be contacted on 0207 730 3300 or you can access their website via
You may also wish to access any of the following websites designed to give advice and guidance to parents and children who are faced with dealing with bullying:
Guidance for parents/carers
Guidance for young people
We would like to thank the ASA who have shared their Anti Bullying Policy for Clubs and to Stonewall’s guidance from which this recommended FA Club Anti Bullying Policy has been developed.
Celebrating Football through Photos and Videos
There has been much talk about who is allowed to take pictures of children (under 18s) playing sport and in particular what parents/carers are permitted to do. The FA would like to assure parents, carers, coaches, spectators, players and local media that we encourage the taking of appropriate images of children in football.
The FA has developed this guidance to help avoid the following:
The inappropriate use, adaptation or copying of
images for use on child abuse websites on the internet
(often incorrectly referred to as pornography sites)
The identification of children when a photograph is
accompanied by significant personal
information that will assist a third party in identifying the child. This can lead, and has led, to children being ‘groomed’
The identification and locating of children in inappropriate circumstances which include: (i) where a child has been removed from his/her family for their own safety; (ii) where restrictions on contact with one parent following a parental separation exist e.g. in domestic violence cases; (iii) in situations where
a child may be a witness in criminal proceedings;
or (iv) other safeguarding children concern.
It’s important to remember the majority of images taken are appropriate and taken in good faith. If we take the following simple measures we can help to ensure the safety of children in football.
Common sense considerations to ensure everyone’s safety
1. share The FA’s guidance on taking images with all parents, carers and members when they join the club 2. ensure the club has parental consent to use a player’s
image if it is to be used in the public domain e.g. club website or newspaper article. This is essential in relation to point 3 below
3. ensure that any child in your club who is under care proceedings, is protected by ensuring that their image is not placed in the public domain. This can be done by using a Consent Form, so that parents/carers can identify whether this applies to children in their care
4. focus on the activity rather than the individual
5. ensure all those featured are appropriately dressed
(a minimum of vest or shirt and shorts)
6. aim to take pictures which represent the broad range
of youngsters participating safely in football e.g. boys and girls, disabled people, ethnic minority communities.
1. publish photographs with the full name(s) of the individual(s) featured unless you have written consent to do so and you have informed the parents as to how the image will be used
2. use player profiles with pictures and detailed personal information on websites
3. use an image for something other than that which it was initially agreed, e.g. published in local press when initially produced for a clubhouse commemorative picture
4. allow images to be recorded in changing rooms, showers or toilets – this includes the use of mobile phones that record images.
Filming as a coaching aid
The FA advises that coaches using videoing as a legitimate coaching aid should make parents/carers and players aware that this will be part of the coaching programme. Care should be taken when storing the videos.
If you are concerned about the inappropriate use of images please report this to your CFA Welfare Officer or to The FA Case Manager (contact details provided below).
and the local media
If you are commissioning professional photographers or inviting the press to cover a football activity, ensure you and they are clear about each other’s expectations. The key is to plan ahead and communicate early on.
• Provide a clear brief about what is considered appropriate in terms of content and behaviour
• Inform them of your club’s commitment to safeguarding children and young people. Establish who will hold the recorded images and what they intend to do with them, e.g. place on a website for sale, distribute thumb nails to the club to co-ordinate sales
• Issue the professional photographer with identification, which must be worn at all times
Inform participants and parents or carers prior to the event that a professional photographer will be in attendance and ensure you have established that no under 18s will be compromised due to safeguarding children concerns if their image is taken – remember this can be done by using a Consent Form at the start of the season.
To report potentially unlawful materials on the internet please contact:
The Internet Watch Foundation Email: Telephone: 01223 237700
Fax the hotline: 01223 235921
The FA’s Case Management Team Email: Telephone: 0207 745 4787
It’s not an offence to take appropriate photographs in a public place even if asked not to do so
No one has the right to decide who can and cannot take images on public land
If you have serious concerns about a possible child protection issue relating to the recording of images then call the Police. This action should only be taken where you believe that someone may be acting unlawfully or putting a child at risk
The land or facility owner can decide whether or not photography and or videoing at football activities
will be permitted when carried out on private land. However you need to make this known before allowing individuals access to the private property. If they do not comply then you may request that they leave
Try not to use images that include individuals wearing jewellery (as wearing jewellery whilst playing is contrary to the Laws of the Game as well as being a health and safety issue).
Commissioning professional photographers
FA EQUALITY POLICY
As the governing body of the game, The Football Association is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the game at every level. Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, everyone equally.
Our commitment is to eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability.
We are also committed to promoting equality by treating people fairly and with respect, by recognising that inequalities exist, by taking steps to address them and by providing access and opportunities for all members of the community.
The following policies should be at the heart of your club’s activities.
Equality Policy for Clubs
The aim of this policy is to ensure that all members of the community are treated fairly and with respect and that Interwood FC is equally accessible to them all.
Interwood FC is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the Centre/club at every level. Football belongs to and should be enjoyed by everyone, equally.
Our commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability and to encourage equal opportunities.
This policy is fully supported by the club officers and Tracy Bailey/Trevor Bailey who holds the post of Centre Child Protection Officers at Interwood FC and is responsible for the implementation of this policy.
Equality at Interwood FC means that in all our activities we will not discriminate, or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability. It means that we will ensure that we treat people fairly and with respect and that we will provide access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in, and enjoy, our activities. And it means that we will not sanction any action, or lack of action, which might disadvantage a member compared to other people for any reason related to the list above.
Interwood FC will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of an individual (which for the purposes of this policy and the actions and sanction applicable is regarded as discrimination). This includes sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal. Interwood FC will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs
We are committed to the development of the programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within Interwood FC and in the wider context, within football as a whole. We are also committed to circulating this policy to all our club members.
Interwood FC is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members to abide and adhere to these policies and the requirements of the relevant equalities legislation - Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995 as well as any amendments to these acts.
Interwood FC commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice stop and sanctions imposed as appropriate.
Centre / Club Complaints Procedure
In the event that any member feels that he or she has suffered discrimination in any way or that the Club Policies, Rules or Code of Conduct has been broken they should follow the procedures below.
1. They should report the matter to the Child Welfare Officer
A. B. C. D. E.
The report should include:
Details of what, when, and where the occurrence took place. Any witness statement and names.
Names of any others who have been treated in a similar way.
Details of any former complaints made about the incident, date, when and to whom made. A preference for a solution to the incident.
2. The CWO & Club’s Management Committee will sit for any hearings that are requested.
3. Any person found to have broken the Centre / Club’s Policies or Codes of Conduct; the Chairman will have the power to:
A. Warn as to future conduct;
B. Suspend from members
Appeals and Grievances Procedures
In the event of a player, parent / guardian or member of staff having a grievance against the Club Chairman or Management Committee member of Interwood FC which is FA licensed.
The grievance should be made in writing to the CWO in the first instance. An outline of the grievance should be forwarded to the CWO in an envelope marked confidential stating the nature of the grievance.
The grievance shall be investigated by the CWO & Club Chairman and following the investigation the findings shall be reported to the person lodging the grievance in writing within 7 days of the investigation.
If the player is not satisfied with the outcome, the Football Association will consider an appeal to the FA Football Committee.
If the complaint is with regards to the Interwood FC Management Committee the member has the right to report the discrimination direct to the relevant County Football Association.
Please refer to the FA Rules of the Association – Rule H
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR CLUB WELFARE OFFICER
The role of the Welfare Officers is to:
1. Be clear about the clubs’ and leagues’ responsibilities when running activities for children and young people
2. Help those actively involved with children and young people understand what their duty of care means on a day to day basis
As a Welfare Officer you agree to act as a role model to others in accordance with the roles and responsibilities of your position, in line with FA Rules and Regulations, the Respect codes of conduct for officials and the laws of the game.
In taking up the position of Welfare Officer you are agreeing with this code of conduct and will accept that within the role of welfare officer you will:
Be child centered at all times and promote a fun safe environment for children and young people
Follow all of The FA’s policies and in particular procedures for reporting safeguarding concerns including discrimination
Act appropriately with all situations brought to your attention
Champion best practice within your club and league
Communicate and positively engage with the CFA WO on all poor practice and safeguarding matters brought to the attention of the CFA and The FA
Attend meetings as reasonably required by the club committee, youth league and CFA
Manage and deal with poorpractice issues in an appropriate and timely
Ensure appropriate levels of confidentiality and data security are
maintained at all times
Implement and manage a responsible recruitment process in line with TheFA’s
policy and procedures
Attend continued personal development (CPD) opportunities as offered by your CFA or The FA and show a commitment to keeping your training up to date
By agreeing to hold the post of Welfare Officer, you understand that if you do not follow the above code any/all of the following actions may be undertaken by your Club, League, County FA or The FA (This is not an exhaustive list):
Required to meet with the club/league committee, YLWO or CFAWO
Required to follow an action plan monitored by the YLWO/CFA WO
Required to complete an FA education course
Suspended by the club/league
Fined or suspended by the County FA
Required to leave the club/league
Removed from role by the club/league/ County FA/TheFA
The Club shall be called INTERWOOD FC
The objects of the Club shall be to provide facilities, promote the game of Association Football, to arrange matches and social activities for its members and community participation in the same.
2. STATUS OF RULES
These rules (the “Club Rules”) form a binding agreement between each member of the Club.
3. RULES & REGULATIONS
(a) The members of the Club shall so exercise their rights, powers and duties and shall, where appropriate use their best endeavours to ensure that others conduct themselves so that the business and affairs of the Club are carried out in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of The Football Association Limited (“The FA”), County Football Association to which the Club is affiliated (“Parent County Association”) and Competitions in which the Club participates, for the time being in force.
(b) No alteration to the Club Rules shall be effective without prior written approval by the Parent County Association. The FA and the Parent County Association reserve the right to approve any proposed changes to the Club Rules.
(c) The Club will also abide by The FA’s Child Protection Policies and Procedures, Codes of Conduct and the Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discrimination Policy as shall be in place from time to time.
CLUB MEMBERSHIP (a) The members of the Club from time to time shall be those persons listed in the register of members (the “Membership Register”) which shall be maintained by the Club Secretary.(b) Any person who wishes to be a member must apply on the Membership Application Form and deliver it to the Club. Election to membership shall be at the discretion of the Club Committee and granted in accordance with the anti-discrimination and equality policies which are in place from time to time. An appeal against refusal may be made to the Club Committee in accordance with the Complaints Procedure in force from time to time. Membership shall become effective upon an applicant’s name being entered in the Membership Register.(c) In the event of a member’s resignation or expulsion, his or her name shall be removed from the Membership Register (d) The FA and Parent County Association shall be given access to the Membership Register on demand
5. Annual Membership Fee
(a) An annual fee payable by each member shall be determined from time to time by the Club Committee and set at a level that will not pose a significant obstacle to community participation. Any fee shall be payable on a successful application for membership and annually by each member. Fees shall not be repayable.
(b) The Club Committee shall have the authority to levy further subscriptions from the members as are reasonably necessary to fulfil the objects of the Club.
6. RESIGNATION & EXPULSION
(a) 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 his/her resignation. A member whose annual membership fee or further subscription is more than two (2) months in arrears shall be deemed to have resigned.
(b) The Club Committee shall have the power to expel a member when, in its opinion, it would not be in the interests of the Club for them to remain a member. An appeal against such a decision may be made to the Club Committee in accordance with the Complaints Procedure in force from time to time.
(c) A member who resigns or is expelled shall not be entitled to claim any, or a share of any, of the income and assets of the Club (the “Club Property”).
7. CLUB COMITTEE
(a) The Club Committee shall consist of the following Club Officers: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary (A single person can hold up to 2 roles)The Club Committee shall be responsible for the management of all the affairs of the Club & Decisions of the Club.
(b) The position of a Club Officer shall be vacated if such person is subject to a decision of The FA that such person be suspended from holding office or from taking part in any football activity relating to the administration or management of a football club.
The Club may also in connection with the sports purposes of the Club:
(i) sell and supply food, drink and related
sports clothing and equipment;
(ii) employ members (although not for
playing) and remunerate them for providing goods and services, on fair terms set by the Club Committee without the person concerned being present;
indemnify the Club Committee and members acting properly in the course of the running of the Club against any liability incurred in the proper running of the Club (but only to the extent of its assets).
(a) A resolution to dissolve the Club shall only be proposed at a General Meeting and shall be carried by a majority of at least three-quarters
of the members present.
(b) The dissolution shall take effect from the date of the resolution and the members of the Club Committee shall be responsible for the winding up of the assets and liabilities of the Club.
(c) Any surplus assets remaining after the discharge of the debts and liabilities of the Club shall be transferred to another Club, a Competition, the Parent County Association or The FA for use by them for related community sports.
(c) Any surplus assets remaining after the discharge of the debts and liabilities of the Club shall be transferred to another Club, a Competition, the Parent County Association or The FA for use by them for related community sports.