Burnley Football Club’s Commitment to Safeguarding
The Club (BFC) and its Staff are fully committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and vulnerable adults regardless of their age, gender, language, religion, ethnic background or sexual identity.
We recognise that Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone who has contact with children, young people and vulnerable groups and we are dedicated to providing a positive environment, enjoyable experiences and to protect from harm.
With this is mind The Club will:
Protect all vulnerable groups from abuse or harm, or the risk of this.
Ensure that staff comply with relevant laws, regulations and are employed safely.
Ensure staff read, understand and are bound by the Safeguarding policy and sign up to codes of contact and implement these at all times.
Create a positive environment for all visitors, staff and participants.
Ensure all staff are aware of their role, have clear understanding on how to report concerns and who to report to and are supported to do this effectively.
Ensure all attendees regardless of age, gender, racial origin, religion, disability, sexual identity, culture and language enjoy sport and other activities safe from harm, abuse or discrimination.
Our External agencies will also be made aware of the policy and codes of conduct expected from their staff when undertaking activities with The Club..
Policy and Procedures
The Club provides a range of services and activities that impact on the lives of vulnerable groups both directly and indirectly. Safeguarding individuals, ensuring their welfare, their safety and their health is of paramount importance.
Burnley Football Club is also committed to creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities and mental health problems to participate in a broad spectrum of activities at the Club at the same time as creating a safer culture for the participants.
The Club’s Policy includes:
• Having commitment from senior managers, trustees and board members to safeguarding
• Having a safe recruitment, selection and induction processes consistent across The Club
• Ensuring that all relevant staff are DBS checked at the appropriate level
• Providing training at the appropriate levels for staff and volunteers
• Each area of the Club having a designated Safeguarding Contact
• Having information easily accessible for staff, children, young people and their families
• Having an easily understandable reporting and monitoring system
• Working co-operatively with partner organisations and services
• Having a commitment to manage and monitor allegations of discrimination, harassment, abuse and bullying.
Burnley Football Club has a Safeguarding of Vulnerable Groups Policy which complies with national legislation and is in accordance with the rules outlined by the Football Association and the Premier League which is available on request.
Burnley Football Club has appointed Helen Tanner to the post of Head of Safeguarding she has overall responsibility for the safeguarding of vulnerable groups and reports directly to the Chief Executive of the Club.
If you have a concern about your own safety or the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult who engages in the Club’s activities, please contact:
Helen Tanner, Head of Safeguarding
If you are worried about the immediate safety or welfare of a child or vulnerable adult you should contact:
The Police – dial 999
NSPCC Helpline – 0808 800 5000
Lancashire County Council, Children’s Social Care 0300 123 6720
Lancashire County Council, Adult Social Care 0300 123 6721