The Street Soccer Foundation is delighted to welcome MyConcern (Safeguarding Software) as its latest Premier Business Supporter. Through the delivery of our nationally acclaimed Street Soccer Academy programme, football is used as the catalyst to both engage and improve the lives of vulnerable and homeless young people across the country. With an increasing number of factors that can affect the wellbeing of our members – we see this latest partnership as a perfect fit.

MyConcern is the Award-Winning Safeguarding Software created by child protection experts and the brainchild of former senior police officers Martin Baker QPM and Mike Glanville.

It’s a safe and effective way for recording, reporting and managing all safeguarding and well-being concerns about young people or adults at risk who connect with sports and charities. Already being used by many schools in the UK and internationally it’s now being adopted by other sectors to manage the needs of young people in settings outside education. The guidance states that everyone is responsible for the safeguarding and well-being of our future generation, so it’s important those working with young people can manage their responsibilities easily and have the tools at their fingertips to do so.

The system is a trusted and secure online platform, enabling early intervention, but it can also transform existing safeguarding processes to minimise risk and ensure compliance. It can provide safeguarding leads and sports clubs with the peace of mind that they are meeting their statutory, legal and moral obligations to the people in their care, whilst also providing evidence for court proceedings. It also boasts a handy mobile app, perfect for safeguarding on the go, or reporting an issue whilst in the middle of a football field.

Martin Baker, CEO of One Team Logic (the makers of MyConcern) explains:

“It is a huge privilege for us to partner with The Street Soccer Foundation.  The protection of vulnerable young people is at the heart of everything we do, so to have the opportunity to work with this excellent charity means a great deal to us. The Foundation does vitally important work and I am certain that our collaboration will help to benefit even more young people in need.”

Sadly, it’s not uncommon for our Academy programme participants to experience issues such as mental health, domestic violence, gangs or even drug and alcohol abuse. These are themes affecting many young people across the country, and almost all of those we support will have encountered some form of adversity at a point in their lives.

Keith Mabbutt, CEO of The Street Soccer Foundation said:

“All our team and volunteers have both a professional duty of care for the welfare and safety of children and young adults at risk of harm with whom they work, and an essential role to play in providing a safe and positive environment for everyone involved in the work and activities of both our Academy and Schools’ programmes. We make it clear that safeguarding is everyone’s business and we take seriously our responsibilities to promote the welfare and safeguarding of all children and young adults at risk of harm entrusted to our care. We are proud to have now partnered with MyConcern – a Queen’s Award-winning safeguarding platform – to further achieve early intervention as required in our constant endeavour to protect, best educate and inform all those we support and work with.”

MyConcern is already used by a significant number of clubs in the Premier League and English Football league to manage the well-being of their members and youth teams. The fact that the Street Soccer Foundation also works with a number of Premier League Clubs on the community side neatly aligns to this new partnership allowing us to continue to provide the same great level of support and help for those we come into contact with.

We’re thrilled to work in partnership with MyConcern, and believe that it’s a relationship that will keep safeguarding and the protection of those most vulnerable in our society high on the agenda.

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About One Team Logic and MyConcern

One Team Logic was founded by Martin Baker QPM and Mike Glanville who prior to founding the company worked together for eight years as Chief Constable and Assistant Chief Constable (Operations) of Dorset Police. They are also both school governors and between them have 15 years’ experience that role. They formed the company in 2014 with their fellow director, Darryl Morton, who leads the software development and information security arrangements for the company.

MyConcern® is a trusted and secure safeguarding software solution used extensively in schools and colleges across the UK and world-wide, as well as by local authorities, sports organisations, charities, youth groups and training organisations. Developed by child protection experts with backgrounds in social care, education and policing, the system enables anyone working with children and young people to record and manage any safeguarding or well-being concerns. MyConcern facilitates the early identification of risk and provides safeguarding leads with the confidence that they are meeting their legal and moral obligations to those under their care.