Safeguarding

Safeguarding Policy Statement

The Street Soccer Foundation is committed to providing a safe and positive environment for all children and vulnerable adults involved in our programme activities provided either directly by the Foundation or via our community club delivery partners.

Our charity is partnered with ‘The Safeguarding Company’ – headed up by Martin Baker QPM, and uses its Queen’s Award-winning case management system, ‘MyConcern’.

Through this partnership the Foundation has access to a team of safeguarding professionals with over 200 years of combined experience working in public services across policing, education (MATs, school governance, and teaching), local authorities, health, and social care. Consequently, we have a deep understanding and breadth of capability for both child and adult safeguarding at strategic and operational levels.

We recognise the critical importance of creating and ensuring a safe and secure environment for all our participants, parents, staff, and wider community. We are committed to ensuring that safeguarding is a top priority, and our policy guidance provides information and outlines expectations for practice to help inform staff and volunteers of their professional responsibilities for safeguarding children and young adults at risk of harm.

Safeguarding is putting the safety and wellbeing of children or someone who is a vulnerable adult at the centre of every activity. And everyone has a duty to safeguard the welfare of children and other vulnerable people.

Our Safeguarding Policy

Download our Safeguarding Policy on Creating Safe Environments For Children & Young Adults At Risk Of Harm.

Important Links of National Organisations:

Alcohol and Drugs

  • Alcoholics Anonymous – 0800 9177 650
  • Talk to FRANK – 0300 123 6600 or text 82111

Domestic Abuse

  • Refuge (Women and Children) – 0808 2000 247
  • Respect (Men’s Advice Line) – 0800 801 0327

Loneliness

  • Age UK – 0800 678 1602
  • Samaritans – 116 123
  • Relate – 0300 003 0396
  • Scope – 0808 800 3333
  • Mind – 0300 123 3393

Mental Health

  • Samaritans – 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
  • Mind Infoline – 0300 123 3393 or text 86463
  • ChildLine – 0800 1111
  • SHOUT – Text 85258 (24/7 free service)

Poverty

  • Save The Children – 020 7012 6400
  • Trussell Trust – 01722 580 180
  • Citizens Advice – 0800 144 8848

If You Have a Concern

If you have a concern about the safety or welfare of a child or adult at risk in any aspect of their lives and they are involved in a Street Soccer Foundation activity or Street Soccer Foundation-linked programme or activity, please take immediate action.

In the first instance, please speak with the person in charge or supervising the activity who should forward your concern to a Safeguarding Officer. Otherwise you can send a confidential email to our safeguarding team here.

Tell us what is concerning you. A member of our safeguarding team will then respond to your email and advise you on the next best course of action. Please note that your documented concern will be recorded on our case management system and managed sensitively with information only being shared if it is necessary to ensure the safety of a child or adult at risk.

If it is a dangerous situation, we may contact Social Services or the Police. What we decide to do with your information will always be based on ensuring you are safe and not in any danger. Thank you for your support and co-operation.

Download our Safeguarding Policy on Creating Safe Environments For Children & Young Adults At Risk Of Harm.

Paul Stewart

Head of Safeguarding & Former Professional Footballer
“I have supported the Street Soccer Foundation (SSF) from the beginning and have witnessed the incredible impact that the programme has on vulnerable young adults.

Over the years I have delivered safeguarding sessions to most of the English Football League Heads of Safeguarding. It’s a privilege to contribute and I will endeavour to continue supporting the SSF in any capacity, as safeguarding awareness is absolutely vital and I truly believe football really does save lives.”