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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
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