Because of the nature of the work undertaken by Sheffield United Football Club (SUFC), it is required by law to have in place robust safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure the protection of children, young people and adults at risk. To ensure that SUFC meets that duty - and as part of a proactive, integrated and consistent approach to safeguarding - the organisation has developed a Safeguarding Handbook.
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and protect them from harm. Safeguarding means protecting people from abuse, maltreatment, neglect, harm and/or exploitation. Through SUFC setting up and following good safeguarding policies and procedures, it means that children, young people and adults at risk that come into contact with our organisation are protected from those that might pose a risk. All organisations that work with (or come into contact with) children, young people and adults at risk are required to have safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure that everyone - regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity - can be protected from harm.
SUFC's Safeguarding Ethos
SUFC will always seek to provide protection to any person that receives our services. To this end SUFC will provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm. SUFC believes that a no one should ever experience abuse of any kind. SUFC have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk to keep them safe. SUFC are committed to work in a way that protects them. This Safeguarding Policy Statement applies to everyone that comes into contact with SUFC - including as applicable - the Board of Directors & Executive Team, Senior Managers, Staff, Agency Staff, Contractors, Suppliers, Volunteers, Students on work experience, as well as anyone else working on behalf of SUFC. This policy also applies to any other person that engages with the work of SUFC and includes parents, carers, families and other visitors to SUFC premises.
Safeguarding at Sheffield United Football Club
SUFC places the safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk as its prime focus and has developed full safeguarding policies and procedures. To underpin the approach, SUFC ensures all of its management team, staff members and volunteers have been fully trained in safeguarding to enable the organisation to live and breathe its approach.
In developing SUFC's safeguarding policies and procedures, the organisation has adopted the following three-part safeguarding strategy which focuses on:
- Getting the right people involved with SUFC
This is achieved through adherence to SUFC's Safer Recruitment Policies and Procedures.
- Creating a safe environment for children, young people & adults at risk
This is achieved by providing all required safeguarding training, support and best practice advice; and further guidance by the effective communication of SUFC's Codes of Conduct.
- Promoting clear systems to deal with any safeguarding concerns
This is achieved through implementation of all SUFC's policies and procedures relating to safeguarding.
A full copy of SUFC's Safeguarding Handbook is available by speaking with (or contacting) SUFC's Head of Safeguarding.
Any person with a safeguarding concern or complaint - or who requires safeguarding support and advice - should not hesitate to contact the appropriate member of SUFC's designated Safeguarding Team as detailed on the following page.
SUFC's Internal Safeguarding Contacts
Board Safeguarding Lead/Senior Safeguarding Manager
|Stephen Bettis||CEO||0114 253 7200|
Designated Safeguarding Officer & Nominated Manager for Adults
|Cheryl Anderson||Head of Safeguardingfirstname.lastname@example.org||07976 632755|
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officers & Nominated Managers for Adults
|Derek Geary||Responsible for U23s||0114 253 7316|
|Steve Hancock||Responsible for Development Centres||0114 253 7316|
|Morgan Wright||Responsible for Match Day||0114 253 7316|
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officers
|Chris Stevens||Responsible for Facilities||0114 253 7316|
|Matt Morely||Responsible for U13s||0114 253 7316|
|Vinnie Booker||Responsible for U16s||0114 253 7316|
|Mark Wilgose||Responsible for Scholars||0114 253 7316|
Family Engagement & Nominated Manager for Adults
|Jon Helliwell||Family Engagementemail@example.com||0114 253 7200|
|Dave Lavender||Head of ITfirstname.lastname@example.org||07795 601861|
Responsible Person for Health & Safety
|Craig Hill||Health & Safety Manageremail@example.com||0114 253 7200|
Responsible Person for Data Protection
|Harry Ware||Data Protection Officerfirstname.lastname@example.org||0800 999 5550|
Other Useful Safeguarding Contacts
Anyone with a safeguarding concern (and who would prefer not to speak directly with SUFC's named safeguarding officers) should seek the appropriate support and guidance from the numbers below.
|Local Police||Emergency 999||Non-Emergency 101|
|NSPCC Helplineemail@example.com||0808 800 5000|
or text phone 0800 400 222
Sheffield United Football Club's Safeguarding Policy Statement © SUFC February 2020 Reviewed, Approved & Adopted by the Board on 20th February 2020.