Any issues concerning safeguarding children are to be addressed immediately to our Club Welfare Officer (CWO). It is not our responsibility to decide if abuse has taken place but if we have concerns it is our responsibility to act and report those concerns.
The club seeks to ensure best practices for player welfare across all forty plus teams are applied consistently by all coaches. The way that MMFC attract, recruit and retain the most appropriately skilled coaches to fulfill the tremendous demand for children wishing to join the club is critical.
Most people who get involved in football do so for all of the right reasons; however it’s important that football recognises its responsibility to safeguard and protect children and young people who are involved in football. Responsible Recruitment procedures help to screen out those people who are not suitable to work with children and young people. Maidenhead United F.C. Juniors believes that football should be safe and enjoyable for all children and has Criminal Records Checks (CRC) to help in this process.
The club website is here to provide coaches and parents/carers alike with access to information policies and procedures along with the clubs’ ethos and code of conduct.
How We Support A Safe Framework For Football In The Community
Key Information - The FA's Policy
Criminal Record Checks (CRC) in Football - For those working in football
As part of our safeguarding children strategy, The FA requires those working in eligible* roles with children and young people to pass a criminal records check. This is in line with legislation and government guidance and is standard practice.
Building A Safe, Enjoyable & Inclusive Environment For Children
The FA seeks to build a safe, enjoyable and inclusive environment for all children and young people, whether they are players, young referees or qualified coaches.
To help guide those working with children and young people, The FA provides courses in safeguarding children. Sometimes these are required as part of a qualification e.g. for coaches and referees, however there are courses suitable for everyone, whatever their role.
Welfare Officer - The Key Role Of Welfare Officers
Football is proud to have a network of 8,500 welfare officers across the grassroots youth game, supporting safe and fun environments for everyone. If you are already a welfare officer then thank you for all that you are doing. If you want to find out more about the role and/or are considering becoming a welfare officer then the following information is for you.
County Welfare Officers - County FA Safeguarding Contacts
Every County FA has a designated safeguarding officer (DSO), usually referred to as the County FA welfare officer. This is your first point of contact for advice and support and it is important for you to know who they are and how to contact them.