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PDA Coaching Ltd Safeguarding Children Policy

PDA acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person and is committed to providing a safe environment for all. We recognise that a child is anyone under the age of 18.

PDA endorses and adopts the following key safeguarding principles:

  • the child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration
  • all children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, faith or belief
  • all suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
  • working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents/carers is essential.
  • We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse. PDA recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.

PDA has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It
is noted and accepted that The FA’s Safeguarding Children Regulations apply to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity, including coaches/managers, volunteers, match officials.

PDA endorse and adopt The FA’s Safer Recruitment guidelines and we will:

  • Specify what the role is and what tasks it involves
  • Request identification documents
  • As a minimum meet and chat with the applicant(s) and where possible interview people before appointing them
  • Where eligible require an FA- accepted DBS enhanced with barred list Check, in line with The FA’s current Safeguarding Children Policy and Regulations.
  • All current PDA coaches working in eligible roles with children and young people, are required to hold an in-date FA accepted DBS enhanced with barring list check as part of safer recruitment practice.

If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of PDA guidance will be sought from the County Football Association (CFA).

It is noted and accepted that The FA will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via the DBS process and that all suitability decisions will be made in accordance with legislation and in the best interests of children and young people.

It is accepted that The FA aims to prevent people with a history of relevant and significant offending from having contact with children or young people and the opportunity to influence policies or practice with children or young people. This is to prevent direct sexual or physical harm to children and to minimise the risk of ‘grooming’ within football.

PDA supports The FA’s Whistle Blowing policy which requires any adult or young person with concerns about an adult in a position of trust within football can ‘whistle blow’ by contacting The FA Safeguarding Team on 0800 169 1863 or by emailing

PDA encourages everyone to know about The FA’s Whistle Blowing Policy and to utilise it if necessary.

PDA has appointed a Club Welfare Officer in line with The FA’s role profile who has completed the Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officers Workshop. The post holder will be involved with ongoing Welfare Officer training provided by The FA and/or CFA. The CWO is the first point of contact for all club members regarding concerns about the welfare of any child or young person. The CWO will liaise directly with the CFA Designated Safeguarding Officer and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns. The CWO will also play a proactive role in increasing awareness of respect, poor practice and abuse amongst club members.

PDA acknowledge and endorse The FA’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all players and parents/carers should know that incidents will be dealt with appropriately. Incidents need to be reported to the PDA welfare officer and in cases of serious bullying the CFA Designated Safeguarding Officer may be contacted.

Codes of conduct for Players, Parents/ Spectators, Officials and Coaches (as required by the CPSU Safeguarding Standards) have been implemented by PDA. In order to police these codes of conduct the club has clear actions it will take regarding repeated or serious misconduct at club level and acknowledges the possibility of potential sanctions which may be implemented by the CFA in more serious circumstances.

In PDA safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, and we know that inaction is not an option. If anyone is worried about a child, it is important that they report their concerns to Daniel Hebditch, who will deal with reported concerns as follows:

  • Our CWO will manage poor practice and where necessary seek advice from the County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer (CFA DSO).
  • Our CWO will make referrals about more serious concerns to the County FA DSO, or in an emergency contact the Police or Children’s Social Care.
  • We will ensure that if the child needs immediate medical treatment that we take them to a hospital or call an ambulance and tell them it is a child protection concern.
  • Our CWO will keep records of the actions taken and keep the County FA DSO informed.

PDA understands and accepts our collective responsibility to adhere to our safeguarding children policy and procedures.