Tyrone Mings Academy Child Protection & Safeguarding policy

Tyrone Mings Academy Ltd 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.

The key principles of the 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.

Tyrone Mings Academy Ltd 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.

The child protection applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This includes those who are a volunteer, match official, helper, 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 Tyrone Mings Academy Ltd members with direct access to children and young people will be required to complete a CRB Enhanced Disclosure / DBS.

If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of Tyrone Mings Academy 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.

We acknowledge and endorse The FA’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our Academy. If bullying does occur, all players, parents or guardians should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents will be reported to the specific parties immediately. Tyrone Mings Academy Ltd requests permission from all parents/carers to be able to photograph/video during sessions for coaching and marketing purposes.

Tyrone Mings Academy is vigilant to misuse, and any concerns should be reported to the relevant parties. Participants and their parents/carers should be made aware and give their permission, and such films should be stored safely.