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Bexley Football Club Child Protection Policy - Click To View

Bexley Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any club football activity. We subscribe to The Football Association’s child protection and best practice policy and procedures and endorse and adopt the policy statement contained in that document.

The key principles of The FA Child Protection Policy are that:

  • The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration
  • All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
  • Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents or carers is essential.
  • We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse. Bexley Football Club recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.

Bexley Football Club has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is noted and accepted that The Football Association’s child protection regulation (see The FA Handbook) applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This includes those who are a volunteer, match official, helper on club tours, football coach, club official or medical staff.

We endorse and adopt The FA’s Child Protection and Best Practice Guidelines for Recruiting Volunteers and will:

  • Develop a role profile
  • Request identification documents
  • As a minimum meet and chat with the applicant(s) and where possible conduct interviews before appointing
  • Request and follow up with two references before appointing
  • Require an FA CRB Unit Enhanced Disclosure where appropriate in line with FA guidelines.
  • All current Bexley Football Club members with direct access to children and young people will be required to complete a CRB Enhanced Disclosure via The FA CRB Unit. If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of Bexley Football Club, guidance will be sought from The Football Association. It is noted and accepted that The FA will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via The FA CRB Unit Enhanced CRB Disclosure and that all decisions will be made in the best interests of children and young people.

It is accepted that The FA aims to prevent people with a history of relevant and significant offending from having contact with children or young people and the opportunity to influence policies or practice with children or young people. This is to prevent direct sexual or physical harm to children and to minimise the risk of ‘grooming’ within football.

Bexley Football Club supports The FA’s ‘whistle blowing’ policy. Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can ‘whistle blow’ by contacting The FA Child Protection Manager on 020 7745 4771, by writing to The FA Case Manager at The Football Association, 25 Soho Square, London W1D 4FA or by going direct to the police, social services or the NSPCC. Bexley Football Club encourages everyone to know about it and utilise it if necessary.

Bexley Football Club has appointed a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) in line with The FA’s role profile and required completion of the child protection and best practice workshop. The post holder will be involved with designated person’s training provided by The FA. The CWO is the first point of contact for all club members and parents or guardians regarding concerns for the welfare of any child or young person. They will liaise directly with the CFA CPO and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns. They will also play a proactive role in increasing an awareness of poor practice and abuse amongst club members.

We acknowledge and endorse The FA’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our club.If bullying does occur, all players, parents or guardians should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents need to be reported to the CWO, a member of the committee or, in cases of serious bullying contact the CFA CPO.

Codes of conduct for players, parents or spectators, officials and coaches have been implemented by Bexley Football Club.

In order to validate these codes of conduct the club has clear sanctions to deal with any misconduct at club level and acknowledges the possibility of potential sanctions which may be implemented by leagues or the CFA in more serious circumstances. All prospective members will be informed of these codes.

The Welfare Officers of Bexley Football Club are Mr Terry Peck 07944 552763 and Mr Graham Smith 07798 601040.

Further advice on child protection matters can be obtained from:

  • The County Football Association’s Child Protection Officer, whose details can be found in the County Handbook
  • The Football Association/NSPCC Child Protection
  • 24-Hour Helpline 0808 800 5000
  • www.TheFA.com/Goal
  • The FA child protection team on 020 7745 4649

Bexley Football Club Players Code of Conduct - Click To View

Obligations towards the game

A player should:

  1. Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina.
  2. Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if his team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.
  3. Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
  4. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship, and time-wasting.
  5. Always have regard to the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.
  6. Not use inappropriate language.

Obligations towards one’s own team

A player should:

  1. Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help his own team win.
  2. Resist any influence which might, or might be seen to, bring into question his commitment to the team winning.

Respect for the Laws of the Game and competition rules

A player should:

  1. Know and abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules.
  2. Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally.
  3. Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.

Respect towards Opponents

A player should:

  1. Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.
  2. Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.

Respect towards the Match Officials

A player should:

  1. Accept the decision of the Match Official without protest.
  2. Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.
  3. Show due respect towards Match Officials.

Respect towards Team Officials

A player should;

  1. Abide by the instructions of their Coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code.
  2. Show due respect towards the Team Officials of the opposition.

Obligations towards the Supporters

A player should:

  1. Show due respect to the interests of supporters

Bexley Football Club Coaches Code of Conduct - Click To View

Set out below is The FA Coaches Association Code of Conduct (which reflects the standards expressed by the National Coaching Foundation and the National Association of Sports Coaches) which forms the benchmark for all involved in coaching.

A player should:

  1. Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.
  2. Coaches must place the well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
  3. Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.
  4. Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
  5. Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  6. Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
  7. Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.
  8. Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players (and, where appropriate, parents) exactly what is expected of them and also what they, as players, are entitled to expect from their coach.
  9. Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.
  10. Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) and never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.
  11. Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  12. Not to use or tolerate inappropriate language

Bexley Football Club Parents/Carers/Spectators Code of Conduct - Click To View

A parent’s/carer’s/spectator’s expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child’s attitude towards:

  • Other players
  • Officials
  • Managers
  • Spectators

This club will ensure that parents/carers/spectators within your club are always positive and encouraging towards all of the children, not just their own, and will encourage parents/carers/spectators to:

  • Applaud the opposition as well as their own team
  • Avoid coaching the child during the game
  • Not to shout and scream
  • Respect the referee’s decision
  • Give attention to each of the children involved in football not just the most talented
  • Give encouragement to everyone to participate in football.

The club will ensure that parents/carers/spectators agree and adhere to the Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy.

Bexley Football Club Team Officials Code of Conduct - Click To View

This Code applies to all team / club officials (although some items may not apply to all officials).

Obligations towards the Game -The team official should:

  1. Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
  2. Promote and develop his own team having regard to the interest of the Players, Supporters and reputation of the national game.
  3. Share knowledge and experience when invited to do so, taking into account the interest of the body that has requested this rather than personal interests.
  4. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship.
  5. Show due respect to Match Officials and others involved in the game.
  6. Always have regard to the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion of the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.
  7. Not use or tolerate inappropriate language.

Obligations towards the Team – The team official should:

  1. Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the club/team, and to obtain the best results by the team, using all permitted means.
  2. Give priority to the interests of the team over individual interests.
  3. Resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banned substances and techniques.
  4. Promote ethical principles.
  5. Show due respect to the interests of players, coaches and other officials, at their own club/team and others.

Obligations towards the Supporters – The team official should:

  1. Show due respect to the interests of supporters. Respect towards the Match Officials

A team official should:

  1. Accept the decisions of the Match Official without protest.
  2. Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.
  3. Show due respect towards Match Officials

Bexley FC joins the FA elite - Click To View

Bexley FC has been celebrating after being awarded the coveted FA Charter Standard Award

The Charter Standard Scheme is the best practice guide that sets standards of coaching, administration and child protection for all clubs outside the Football League and Premier League.As a benchmark for quality the award will improve the playing experience for all.A delighted Club chairman, Terry Peck said “This award displays the clubs commitment to grassroots football in the area and it is pleasing to see that the clubs hard work has been rewarded with such a prestigious award”.

Peter Hunter, a council member from the Kent FA presented the award to the Club.The club which was formed in 1884 runs teams from Under 9’s through to Under 16’s and has over 140 members as well as 35 volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure the club has always progressed.The next phase in the clubs development is to introduce a Saturday soccer school for the under 8’s.Kent County Football Development Officer, Lee Suter praised the club by saying “Bexley FC has worked extremely hard to meet The FA’s criteria and having this award will benefit everyone involved within the club as well as the local community”The KentCountyFA are committed to club development and have set an ambitions target for having 75% of mini soccer and youth teams playing within a Charter Standard Club by 2012.Lee Suter went to say “Club development is very important to the KentCountyFA and as an Association we are committed to football development and will continue to work with clubs in order to achieve the Charter Award”.For more details on the Charter Standard scheme please contact lee.suter@kentfa.com or visit www.kentfa.com.

Bexley FC Home Ground

  • St. Mary's Recreation Ground, Lesley Close
  • Bexley, Greater London
  • DA5 1LX

Club Info

  • Kent FA Affiliation Number: S-KEN2218
  • Member of the Kent County League
  • Member of Kent Youth league
  • Member of Southern Vets

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