Young People Protection Policy

Behind Every Kick believes that it is always unacceptable for a young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all young people, by a commitment to practice which protects them.

We recognise that:

The welfare of the young person is paramount.

All children and young people, 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.

Working in partnership with young people, their parents, carers and their agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

The purpose of the policy is:

To provide protection for the young people who participate in the Behind Every Kick programme

To provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a young person may be experiencing or be at risk of harm.

This policy applies to the board of trustees, paid staff/consultants, volunteers, agency staff, or anyone working on behalf of Behind Every Kick.

We will seek to safeguard young people by:

Valuing them, listening to and respecting them.

Recruiting staff, consultants and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made.

Sharing information about young people’s protection and good practice with sports coaches, teachers, staff, consultants and volunteers and young people.

Providing effective management for staff, consultants and volunteers through support and training.

We are also committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.