Langlands Road, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 8BN

Introduction to Child Welfare Policy

Welcome to St Andrews United FC.  As a club we have made great strides since joining the East of Scotland League to develop itself of and off the field. Part of this on-going strategy is to make the club as safe and welcoming an environment as possible. Accordingly, I would like to introduce you to our Child Wellbeing & Protection Polices, which in accordance with relevant national and international guidance and legislation, outline our service levels for ensuring that the interests and well-being of children are at the forefront of the club’s mindset whenever children are under our care. Ultimately, we want every child who visits St Andrews United FC, whether on a matchday, training night or social event to have a positive experience. It is therefore paramount that the club has in place correctly trained, competent personnel and robust procedures in order to deliver this strategy. The following procedures will, with the co-operation of parents and guardians, ensure that we deliver the required approach to children and young people.

Yours sincerely,

Donald Gellatly
Co-Chairman, St Andrews United FC

CHILDREN’S RIGHTS POLICY STATEMENT

St Andrews United FC (herin after The Club) is fully committed to embedding a rights-based approach in Scottish football.  We recognise and work within the general principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) for the best interests of the child, non-discrimination, participation as well as survival and development. 

For the purposes of this policy a child is recognised as someone under the age of 18 years.  This policy applies to all children regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion, socio-economic status or family circumstance.

The Club will:

Review

This policy and associated policies, procedures and safeguards will be regularly reviewed and will include children’s participation and feedback on the content and actual experience of implementation as part of the review:

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY STATEMENT

The Club is fully committed to promoting, supporting and safeguarding the well-being of all children in its care. We recognise the child’s rights to protection as provided in Article 19 of the UNCRC: all forms of physical or mental violence, injury and abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse.  ‘Child protection’ means protecting a child from child abuse or neglect, as stated within the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014. 

For the purposes of this policy a child is recognised as someone under the age of 18 years.  This policy applies to all children regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion, socio-economic status or family circumstance.

The Club will:

Review

This policy and associated procedures will be regularly reviewed and will include children’s participation and feedback on the content and actual experience of implementation as part of the review:

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY STATEMENT

The Club is fully committed to safeguarding the well-being of all children in its care. We understand that children’s well-being can be seriously impacted by bullying behaviour.  The Club therefore recognises the information provided for children by respectme, Scotland’s Anti-Bullying Service: ‘Bullying is never acceptable; it doesn’t make a child better or stronger to get through it and it should never be seen as a normal part of growing up.  Bullying is a behaviour that can make a child feel frightened, threatened, left out and hurt.  Something only has to happen once to make a child feel worried or scared to go to school or other places they enjoy going’.

For the purposes of this policy a child is recognised as someone under the age of 18 years.  This policy applies to all children regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion, socio-economic status or family circumstance.

The Club will:

Review

This Policy and guidelines will be regularly reviewed and will include children’s participation and feedback on the content and actual experience of implementation as part of the review:

CHILD WELLBEING & PROTECTION OFFICER

Leo Micallef

07427 673958 | leomicallef@live.co.uk

To see our complete policy on Child Wellbeing & Protection please click on the links in the menu on the left.