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Our Safeguarding Policy

Statement of commitment to safeguarding children & vulnerable adults

The Community Sports Foundation are committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for children and vulnerable adults. We believe that it is always unacceptable for a child/adult to experience abuse of any kind and we recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children/adults.

‘Child’ is defined as a person under the age of 18 (Children act 1989).

‘Vulnerable Adult’ is defined as any person aged 18 or over who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of; frailty, learning, physical or learning impairment, age or illness who is or maybe unable to take care of him or herself; or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploration (No Secrets). 

This commitment applies to all our staff including part time, volunteers and visitors.

We recognise that:

1.) The welfare of the child/adult is paramount.

2.) All children/adults regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse and have the right to freedom from abuse.

3.) All our staff need to be carefully selected and trained, and accept responsibility for safeguarding children/adults in their care.

We are also committed to ensuring that our Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults policies are live documents that are continually reviewed and updated.

We have a fantastic relationship with the NSCB Safer Programme team who constantly assess how we continue to work with the Norfolk community in a safe and professional manner. Our procedures match those of the NSCB.

Our parents are informed on our programmes and through our website as to how we follow Norfolk’s safeguarding procedures and how to make a referral through the Foundation.

The Foundation follows the principles, legislation, rules, regulations and guidance that underpin the safeguarding policies and procedures of Norwich City Football Club, the Premier League, the FA and Affiliated Football’s Safeguarding Policy.

The Foundation seeks to actively promote safeguarding within all partnership arrangements.

Key staff & their safeguarding role:

Paul Knowles – Senior Safeguarding Manager (CSF Chairman)

Gavin Coe – Senior Safeguarding Manager (Head of Operations & Business Development)

Lacie Pammen – Designated Safeguarding Lead (Resources Manager)

Claire Pullen – Deputy Safeguarding Lead (NCS Engagement Officer)

Click here to download the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board’s “Working Together To Tackle Child Sexual Abuse” flyer.