Club Doncaster Safeguarding
Club Doncaster is the elite brand of sporting organisations working to support and strive forward our community.
We work with a culture that promotes unity, creativity and aspiration to promote success – this is why we are Club Doncaster.
We work across Doncaster via our own activities, and are associated with a number of different projects, organisations and brands that are involved with Children and Vulnerable Groups. This is a key part of our local community work.
Club Doncaster acknowledges and accepts it has a responsibility for the wellbeing and safety of all children, young people and vulnerable groups it works with. It is the duty of the persons assigned by Club Doncaster to safeguard their welfare and maintain an environment that protects from harm. Club Doncaster has a number of appointed persons who have a responsibility to manage the Safeguarding function throughout the organisations.
We have detailed policies within all areas of Club Doncaster to ensure that we are promoting safer working practices in all areas of the business from our recruitment to general day to day practice, and learning from incidents.
We abide and work with all statutory agencies, Doncaster Local Safeguarding Children Board, the RFL, the FA and EFL, to ensure that we are meeting their regulations and specifications across the organisation, and aiming for best practice with all areas of our practices.
Club Doncaster Safeguarding Policy Amendment- Covid 19
This amendment should be read in conjunction with the Club Safeguarding Policy, Persons Handbook, and Contracts of Engagement.
The way in which Club Doncaster is currently operating in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) is fundamentally different to business as usual, however, a number of our important safeguarding principles remain the same:
- with regard to safeguarding, the best interests of children will always continue to come first
- if anyone has a safeguarding concern about any child connected to the Club they should continue to act and act immediately
- a Designated Safeguarding Officer or Deputy will always be available
- unsuitable people are not allowed to enter the Club workforce and/or gain access to children
- children continue to be protected when they are online
Club Safeguarding Contacts
During the Covid-19 lockdown period the Safeguarding contacts for the Club are as follows:
Kirsty Cavanagh - Head of people & culture
07444 976839 / firstname.lastname@example.org
John Davis - The Foundation at Club Doncaster
Carl Hall - Chief executive Doncaster Rugby League Club
Russ Green - Chief executive Doncaster Belles LFC
Remember that in an emergency or where there is risk to life you should contact the police immediately.
Other Safeguarding contacts in football
Whilst any safeguarding concern should be raised with the Club Safeguarding contacts in the first instance we recognise that this may not always be possible or appropriate. Below are the contact details for footballing partners with whom safeguarding concerns in relation to the Club can be discussed:
The English Football League Safeguarding Team
Tel: 01772 325940
If they concern regards a person within Rugby League
The RFL Safeguarding team
Tel: 0771 0009244
If they concern regards a person in employed in footballs conduct towards a child:
The FA Safeguarding Team
Tel: 0800 169 1863
Procedures and Safety Measures for online learning
Club Doncaster expects all staff and players to adhere to the relevant policy boundaries must be maintained at all times. We have put extra measures in place to reduce the risks in relation to online learning which include:
- All contact online being observable and interruptible
- Staff and children must wear suitable clothing as should anyone else in the household
- Any computers being used should be in appropriate areas, for example not in bedrooms and the background should not be blurred
- Online teaching will not be carried out on a one to one basis and will be done in a group setting with several players present,
- Another adult will be invited to be present in the room
- All communication provided will have an educational purpose
- Language must be professional and appropriate, including any family members in the background
- The Club will record online teaching/instruction sessions. Players and parents will be informed that sessions are being recorded in advance of doing so.
- All sessions provided will be via the Clubs I.T platform (for example remote desktop) or Wi-Fi (where possible)
Negative experiences and distressing life events, such as the current circumstances, can affect the mental health of us all. Players who are struggling under the current circumstances should contact the Club safeguarding staff as outlined above. Support can also be accessed through a number of national organisations including:
The Samaritans Tel: 116 123 https://www.samaritans.org
ChildLine: Tel: 0800 1111 https://www.childline.org.uk
NSPCC: Tel: 0808 800 5000 https://www.nspcc.org.uk
Mind: Tel: 0300 123 3393 https://www.mind.org.uk
PFA: Tel: 07500 000 777 https://www.thepfa.com/wellbeing
It is important that internet safety and security messages are re-enforced during this time when we are expecting young people to be online more often. They may also be increasing their usage on devices during their own free time during this lockdown period. It is important that both players and parents are aware of the help and support available should they be concerned about something they have seen or experienced online. These include:
UK Safer Internet Centre https://reportharmfulcontent.com/
Internet Matters https://www.internetmatters.org/