Safeguarding Children

Nova United, as a Charter Standard junior football club, has always taken its responsibilities towards the young people who take part in its activities extremely seriously.

In light of recent revelations from the footballing world, the FA is re-examining all aspects of keeping young people safe and Nova United is playing its part. Below you will find information on steps the club has taken and details of what you, as a parent or participant in club activities, can do if you have any concerns at all about the safety and welfare of a young person.

More information is always available here on the FA website

Child Welfare Officer

Nova United has an appropriately qualified Child Welfare Officer. This is the person you can take any concerns to in the first instance.

Our Child Welfare Officer is Angharad Briscoe.

We don’t publish Anghared’s telephone numbers openly on the internet, but you can email her by clicking on this link to reach her directly, or ask any team manager or committee member and they will provide her number to you. Her numbers have also been provided by managers to all parents and players (if appropriate for their age).

What to do if you have concerns

You can raise concerns about the safety or welfare of any child or young person, or the actions of an adult, with any club representative and they will act accordingly. If, however, you don’t think it appropriate to raise an issue with the club, or you think a problem has not been dealt with properly, you can approach the FA or other relevant agencies directly (see below).

Whistleblowing

Football Association guidance says the following about ‘whistleblowing’:

“Whistleblowing can be used as an early warning system or when it’s recognised that appropriate actions have not been taken. It is about revealing and raising concerns over misconduct or malpractice within an organisation or within an independent structure associated with it. Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can also use whistle blowing by contacting The FA’s Safeguarding team on 0800 169 1863 (extension 6300 or 6400) or via email on safeguarding@TheFA.com. Alternatively you can go direct to the police or Children’s Social Care and report your concerns there.”

Steps we have taken

At the behest of the Football Association, along with all football clubs which have contact with children, Nova United has closely audited it’s coaches and other people involved in the organisation.

All managers and coaches have had Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks completed. These are what used to be known as Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks.

As of the end of February 2017, only people who have had an FA-sponsored DBS check completed will be permitted to have any involvement in the coaching of children.

FA officials will be carrying out spot check at matches throughout the county to ensure only authorised people are managing and coaching teams and that parents have had the information about Child Welfare Officers, reporting and whistleblowing provided to them (see above).