Sheffield United 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 activity with the Club or an employee of the Club. We work with the Football Association and the Football League on policy and procedures and follow good practice guidance.
The key principles of the safeguarding policy are:
- The child's welfare is, and must always be, the 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 suspicious and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
- Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents or carers is essential.
We acknowledge that every child or young person involved in any capacity with the Club should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse.
Sheffield United recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.
We endorse and adopt the FA's safeguarding and best practice guidelines for recruiting staff and volunteers.
Safeguarding training will be provided for staff who will be working with children and young people and those in roles identified by the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) as needing an Enhanced Criminal Record Check will have that carried out through the FA CRB.
Sheffield United also recognises the responsibility to assist our partner agencies including schools and colleges in their statutory duty under the Prevent Strategy to support the Government's Anti-Terrorist Agenda. This is not to prevent participants from having political and religious views and opinions but about supporting young people so they act in non-extremist ways.
Sheffield United has a Whistle blowing policy. Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can whistle blow by contacting the Club's Head of HR on 0114 253 7200. Sheffield United encourages everyone to know about it and utilise it if necessary.
Sheffield United has appointed a Safeguarding Officer. The post holder will be involved with the designated person's training provided by the Football Association /Football League.
The Club Safeguarding Officer is the first point of contact for all Club members and parents or guardians regarding concerns for the welfare of any child or young person. They will liaise directly with the County Welfare Officer. They will also play a proactive role in increasing an awareness of poor practice and abuse amongst club members. They can be contacted at CPO@sufc.co.uk .
A policy is in place for the whole of Sheffield United. A number of staff throughout the club have safeguarding responsibility and additional policies and procedures are in place for the Academy and for match days.
The policy will also apply to vulnerable adults.
Sheffield United Community Foundation have further policies and procedures in place for the work they do which can be found on the website sufc-community.com Any concerns relating to the Sheffield United Community Foundation should be directed to their office firstname.lastname@example.org
Further advice on child protection matters can be obtained from:
- The County Football Association's Child Protection Officer, whose details can be found in the County Handbook or on the web site. SUFC is within the Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA. www.sheffieldfa.com
- The Football League Child Protection Advisor - 01772 325811
- The Football Association/NSPCC 24-Hour Helpline - 0808 800 5000
- The FA Safeguarding Children general enquiry line - 0845 210 8080
- The FA website - www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/safeguarding