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Welfare Strategy

10 June 2015

Where Burnley Football Club believes, or is informed that circumstances exist which may harm any child(ren), young person(s), or poses or may pose a risk of harm to them, Burnley Football Club will refer the matter to a statutory agency such as the Police or Children’s Social Care Team for further investigation.

Burnley Football Club will work together with agencies both inside and outside football, as appropriate, in order to deal with, respond to or refer on complaints in line with the Safeguarding Complaints Procedure.

The Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) for the Academy is Patrick McKiernan. All concerns, allegations or disclosures regarding the welfare of young people will be referred to the DSO who will make a decision as to the seriousness and nature of the information and will refer and report to the appropriate agency.

Burnley Football Club chaplain is Barry Hunter who works closely with the DSO on issues related to welfare and safeguarding.

It is implicit that Burnley FC is responsible and committed to the welfare and safeguarding of all individuals at the football club including young people, parents, coaches and all members of staff who are involved in the day to day working of the club. It is essential that the welfare philosophy pervades all aspects of Academy life for all individuals who are involved in the development of children and young people.

Burnley  Football Club has in place responsible recruitment processes which include:

•    Job Descriptions
•    Interviews
•    Enhanced DBS checks for those working with children and young people as required for the role.

Burnley Football Club accepts and adopts The Football Association’s and The Football League’s safeguarding policies and procedures. These include Safeguarding, Anti-Bullying Policy and the FA Safeguarding Children Policy and Policy procedures.


Burnley Football Club ensures that, where the role requires, all staff and volunteers complete The Safeguarding Children Workshop. In addition all Academy staff and volunteers receive in-house training on identifying and reporting concerns in respect of safeguarding.

Burnley Football Club is committed to the sharing of information to protect children and young people in line with Working Together (2010) and the Data Protection Act (1998).

Appropriate information is issued to all staff, parents and young persons at the Club induction meetings.

Each phase within the Academy has an established plan regarding the well-being , happiness and health of all players.

ACADEMY – at the Induction evening documents are issued to all parents and boys
outlining the welfare support mechanisms which support the well-being of all players.

DAY RELEASE – Burnley FC has a clear and identifiable process with regard to the Day Release process for both players ,coaches and staff.
                                If players experience any issues with regard to travelling to the three Manchester pickup points or if there are transport issues whilst being transported by parents to the ETC, immediate contact must be made with the Lead coach or Operations manager in order to clarify the issue and support each individual player.

SCHOLARS – The support mechanisms are clearly outlined from the LFE and the Prmier League regarding support and well-being. This is delivered by the regional representatives, who also carry out 12 weekly reviews with each individual.
There are regular meetings with the DSO, LFE and Premier League to discuss all issues regarding safeguarding and wellbeing.


All lodgings will be visited and checked to ensure they meet the standards required by the club in terms of player welfare. All houseparents will be DBS checked and interviewed. All premises are subject to a club Health and Safety Inspection.

The Head of Education will meet with the apprentices on a regular basis to discuss targets and review performance.

The Head of Education will advise and arrange interviews to discuss future career pathways.

Burnley FC takes pride in educating its players in Life Management Skills. The Apprentices complete an NVQ and along with all other Academy players , they abide by the club Code of Conduct.


Burnley FC ensure all players leaving the club receive appropriate feedback from the phase lead coach and age group coach to encourage future development.

The Academy Head of Identification and Recruitment has responsibility for the organisation and release strategy for both Academy players and boys who attend the club for a fixed trial period.

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