All sporting organisations which make provision for children and young people must ensure that:
- the welfare of the child is paramount
- all children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse
- all suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
- all staff (paid/unpaid) working in sport have a responsibility to report concerns to the appropriate officer
Staff/Volunteers are not trained to deal with situations of abuse or to decide if abuse has occurred.
Ealing Football Club (Rugby Union) – (EFC) has a duty of care to safeguard all children involved in EFC from harm. All children have a right to protection, and the needs of disabled children and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account. EFC will ensure the safety and protection of all children involved in EFC through adherence to the Child Protection guidelines adopted by the Executive Committee of EFC.
A child is defined as a person under the age of 18 (The Children Act 1989)
The aim of the EFC Child Protection Policy is to promote good practice:
- providing children and young people with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of EFC
- allow all staff/volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues
This policy has been informed by best practice from the Rugby Football Union, Sports Council and Middlesex County Rugby Football Union.
Download and read the latest version (December 2014) of the full Child Protection Policy here: Child Protection Policy December 2014.