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Safeguarding Policy

20 February 2020

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:

  1. Getting the right people involved with SUFC
    This is achieved through adherence to SUFC's Safer Recruitment Policies and Procedures.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Safeguarding 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 Engagement 0114 253 7200

E-Safety Coordinator
Dave Lavender Head of IT 07795 601861

Responsible Person for Health & Safety
Craig Hill Health & Safety Manager 0114 253 7200

Responsible Person for Data Protection
Harry Ware Data Protection Officer 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 Helpline 0808 800 5000
ChildLine 0800 1111
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.

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