What are we doing to keep your child safe?

You will no doubt have been reading in the news regarding the tragic and distressing stories of grooming and child abuse in football academies.

As a Committee we would like to put any fears or concerns you may have at rest for what we offer at West Exe YFC.

All of our coaches, managers, and any helpers which have direct contact with the child through our club, have an enhanced Criminal Record Checks (CRC) carried out on them, which must come back as a pass, before any child is left in their control.

You will also notice that all of our teams have at least two coaches. This is to ensure that we are never putting a child or a coach in a vulnerable position where they are left alone in a 1 to 1 situation in private.

Our coaches are required to attend regular workshops on child welfare and safeguarding as per the Football Association guidelines.

At West Exe YFC we also have a dedicated welfare officer on hand, so if you do have any concerns or queries regarding your coach, their behaviour, or anyone else involved in our football club, please feel free to contact Emma Swain on 07725 754 988 or at welfare@westexeyouthfootball.org.uk where you will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

In addition to this there are other organisations where concerns can be addressed including the NSPCC on 0800 023 2642, Childline on 0800 1111 and the FA through safeguarding@thefa.com.

Here at West Exe YFC we are very proud of what we offer, which is a safe learning environment for children of all ages and long may that continue.


Image used: “lone coach.” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by vICtoR_iN_BoSToN

Children and young people’s worries in sport

The Football Association (FA) nominated the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) through its Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) to be the recipient of the UEFA Children’s Foundation charity award of 1 million Euros over three years.

Throughout the project the NSPCC will be hosting consultations with young people. This first report focussed on the worries young people in sport might have. 100 young people were involved, aged between 9 and 20 from England and Scotland. 80 respondents were male and 20 were female.

Here’s a link to the PDF document:

children-and-young-peoples-worries-in-sport-june-2015-report.pdf (295kb)