We recognise, however, that child abuse is also a very emotive and difficult subject. It is important to understand the feelings involved but not to allow them to interfere with our judgement about any action to be taken.
Widbrook United recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and form neglect or bullying.
It is determined to meet its obligation to ensure that those clubs and organisations providing football opportunities for children and young people do so, to the highest possible standard of care.
Clear practices and procedures, in addition to a detailed training programme already under way, will ensure that everyone knows exactly what is expected of them in relation to the protection of children and young people within our sport.
It is essential that those children and young people attracted to and participating in football are able to do so in a quality, safe and enjoyable environment.
Report a concern about a child
If you are worried about a child, it’s vital you report your concerns. Doing nothing is not an option. It’s also important you stay calm, and if any child is present, reassure them they are not to blame. But don’t make promises of confidentiality or outcome.