SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT

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.

The Street Soccer Foundation aims to promote the welfare and safeguard all children and young adults and works to the principles embodied within the Children Act 1989 and 2004, Section 175 and 176 Education Act 2002, the Early Years Foundation Stage 2012 and related guidance including the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (2000), Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018), What to do if you are worried a child is being abused (2015), Children and Social Work Act (2017), DfE guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018), and Ofsted guidance ‘Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings’ (2018).

All staff must familiarise themselves with guidance referenced in Keeping Children Safety in Education (2018) which includes key safeguarding responsibilities for recognising and referring concerns on issues such as Radicalisation and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), both of which have mandatory reporting requirements.

All our staff members and volunteers have an essential role to play in providing a safe and positive environment for everyone involved: it is a vital aspect of any organisation’s operations. The Street Soccer Foundation takes its responsibilities very seriously in this regard, and in particular where children and young adults at risk of harm are present at any Foundation-led activities.

All participants and visitors to Foundation activity have the right to feel safe and to be safe. Wherever they come into contact with the Foundation they will be treated equitably and with dignity and respect. All our members and workforce have a duty to keep children and young adults at risk of harm safe and to help protect them from abuse or harm, bullying and/or neglect, and to ensure appropriate development and access to opportunities.

 

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

 

The Street Soccer Foundation has teamed up with one of the leading Universities in the country as well as fellow charity, Shelter, and several recognised sporting figures to provide a free digital mental and physical well-being service, through the mobile app, 'matchFit'.

matchFit provides 24/7 free online support for young people that need it. The platform offers access to an abundance of self-help articles, video messages, inspiring quotes and an effective online mood tracker, as well as moderated peer-to-peer forums. For more information about matchFit click the tab at the top of the website, or visit: matchFit - Positivity In Your Pocket 24/7