Swansea City AFC Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk involved in the Foundation’s activities and events.
The Foundation acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child, young person and adult at risk who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment.
Everyone has the right to protection from neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and any other form of abuse. Safeguarding is everyone’s business, and all of our staff have a responsibility for safeguarding and reporting concerns.
The Foundation is committed to providing a safe and positive environment for children and adults and one way we do this is through vetted, trained and competent personnel. To further support this our staff follow a code of conduct which you can download here.
Staff working with children or adults at risk and their managers in regulated activity have enhanced DBS (criminal records checks) screening, appropriate qualifications, first aid and safeguarding training. All our staff receive a safeguarding induction and further CPD opportunities in this area linked to the need their role from expert organisations such the Child Protection in Sport Unit, the Anne Craft Trust and the NSPCC.
The Foundation has a designated person, the Safeguarding Manager, who has overall responsibility for our safeguarding provision across the Foundation. This is currently Graham Smith. You can contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com. You can also call 01792 616400.
The Foundation operates a wide range of activities which involve people from the community and include some of the most vulnerable in society. Therefore, the Foundation requires comprehensive safeguarding policies for children and adults at risk.
The Foundation has these policies and procedures in place to address any concerns raised in respect of the welfare and safety of children or adults, along with other processes such as whistleblowing and feedback mechanisms.
We have also worked with the children and young people who attend our sessions to create a code of conduct for all our activities. This is designed to help everyone taking part stay safe and enjoy themselves. You can view this code of conduct in the graphic below.
Safeguarding Policies and Procedures
If you would like to view any of our safeguarding policies and procedures, they are available to download below.
Everyone has a duty to safeguard the welfare of children and adults at risk.
The Foundation has a number of people trained and ready to deal with matters of abuse, harassment or bullying involving vulnerable individuals.
If you have a concern about your own safety or the safety or welfare of a child or vulnerable adult in any aspect of their lives and they are involved in a Foundation activity you can speak to the following people:
- The person in charge of the activity who will refer on to the Safeguarding Manager
- Send a confidential email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are at all unhappy with the response from Swans Foundation, please contact:
EFL Trust – Tara Lawson (Safeguarding & Incident Manager)
If you are worried about the immediate safety or welfare of a child or adult at risk, you can also contact:
- The police on 999
- The NSPCC Childline on 0800 1111
- Social Services 01792 635180
HELPLINES AND ONLINE SUPPORT
Samaritans: Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year. You can talk to them any time you like in your own way and off the record, about whatever’s getting to you. Call free any time on 116 123 (Welsh language line: 0808 164 0123) or email email@example.com You can also visit them – find your nearest branch on Samaritans.org
The NSPCC: The NSPCC work to prevent abuse, help rebuild children’s lives and support families. If you would like support or tips to help keep your children safe then visit their website. You can find information about helping your children at home and when they are away from home, children’s mental health, online safety, how to report abuse and neglect, along with a range of other issues. The NSPCC also run Childline and the CPSU which you can find out more about below.
Childline: When you call Childline on 0800 1111 you’ll get through to a counsellor, they’re there to listen and support you with anything you’d like to talk about. Or you can have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat online.
The Child Protection in Sport Unit: The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is part of the NSPCC and is funded by Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland, Sport Wales and UK Sport. Their aim is to help improve safeguarding and child protection practices within sport organisations, to ensure all children and young people are safe while participating in sport. You can find safeguarding advice and support on their website NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit | CPSU (thecpsu.org.uk)
The Anne Craft Trust: The Anne Craft Trust are a national charity that exist to minimise the risk of abuse of disabled children and adults at risk. You can call the Anne Craft Trust if you are worried, or need advice about safeguarding on 0115 951 5400
Net Aware: Bringing together O2’s tech know-how and the NSPCC’s expertise in protecting children, Net Aware is your guide to the latest social networks, apps and games used by young people. Their resources are designed to help parents have more regular conversations with their children about online safety – enabling more families to enjoy the digital world with confidence. NSPCC | Internet Safety for Kids | O2
SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME
Victim Support: Victim Support provides free, confidential advice and practical help to anyone affected by any crime, no matter how long ago it took place, or whether it was reported to the police or not. Call free on VS Support line 0808 168 9111. Call Mon-Fri 8pm – 8am. Weekends 24 hour service
The Silver Line: The Silver Line Helpline is the only national, free and confidential helpline for lonely and isolated older people; offering information, advice and friendship. Call 0800 470 8090
Adults with sensory impairment
Action for Blind People: Practical help and support for blind people and people with visual impairments/difficulties. Call Mon-Fri 9am-5pm RNIB Helpline 0303 123 9999
Adults with mental health problems
Mind: Help for people with mental help issues: Call Mon-Fri 9am- 6pm 0300 123 3393
Adults affected by dementia
Alzheimer’s Society: Help for people with dementia and their family, friends and carers. Call 0300 222 1122.