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Safeguarding

Safeguarding

Manchester United Foundation believes that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to practice which protects them.

Manchester United Foundation Safeguarding Policies

Safeguarding Children Policy

Manchester United Foundation believes that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to practice which protects them.

We recognise that:

  • the welfare of the child(up to the age of 18 years) is paramount
  • all children, 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 children, and their family is essential in promoting and embedding this policy.

 

The purpose of the policy:

  • To provide protection for the children who receive Manchester United’s or it’s partner’s services.
  • To provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm.

NB: This policy applies to all staff, including permanent, casual or volunteers regardless of their role that work on behalf of Manchester United Foundation.

 

We will seek to safeguard children by:

  • valuing them, listening to and respecting them
  • adopting safeguarding guidelines and best practice through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • sharing information about safeguarding and best practice
  • sharing information about concerns with the appropriate agencies in a confidential manner
  • providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.

 

Roles and responsibilities

All staff and volunteers should ensure that they read this policy and procedure, and understand the standards expected of them and their responsibilities. All staff have a responsibility to ensure the safety and welfare of children, and to take appropriate steps (including those set out in this policy and procedure) to ensure that suspicions and allegations of abuse are taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

           

  • The Safeguarding Manager (SM) is responsible for the overall implementation of the safeguarding strategy and case management.
  • The Safeguarding Officer (SO) is responsible for the day to day implementation of safeguarding within their department.

 

We are committed to reviewing our policy and best practice on a regular basis.


MANCHESTER UNITED AND CEOP JOIN FORCES


Millions of children across the UK have access to the internet.  It is now central to how they stay in touch with their friends and family.  However the internet is also a public place and while bringing many benefits and opportunities, also opens up new risks and challenges. That’s why Manchester United Football Club has teamed up with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.


CEOP is part of the UK police, set up to tackle the sexual exploitation of children.  The CEOP Centre aims to educate children, young people, their parents, carers and fans to understand the risks they may face online and what they can do to empower themselves to stay safe. They also track, locate and hold child sexual offenders to account.


Football uses the internet to communicate to coaches, referees, scouts, medics, agents, young leaders, players, parents and fans. It’s important to understand how to make use of this technology appropriately and working with the CEOP Centres education programme Thinkuknow will help to do this. 


Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy

Manchester United Foundation recognises and accepts its responsibility for the safety and well-being of those vulnerable adults who come within the care of the organisation and its staff. Systems have been put into place to ensure the safety and welfare of vulnerable adults and to prevent or minimise the risk of abuse occurring within the organisation. 

 

A vulnerable adult for the purposes of this policy and procedure is a person aged 18 years and over:

  • Who is unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation;
  • Who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, increasing frailty or illness, alcohol or drug dependency; and/or
  • Who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself (includes alcohol or drug dependency)

 

We recognise that:

  • Every person should have the right to live a life free from abuse.
  • All vulnerable 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
  • Working in partnership with vulnerable adults and their support network is essential in promoting and embedding this policy.

 

The purpose of the policy:

  • To provide protection for vulnerable adults who receive Manchester United’s or its partner’s services.
  • To provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a vulnerable adult may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm.

 

We will seek to safeguard vulnerable adults by:

  • Valuing them, listening to and respecting them
  • Adopting safeguarding guidelines and best practice through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
  • Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • Sharing information about safeguarding and best practice
  • Sharing information about concerns with the appropriate agencies in a confidential manner
  • Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.

 

Roles and responsibilities

All staff and volunteers should ensure that they read this policy and procedure and understand the standards expected of them and their responsibilities. All staff have a responsibility to ensure the safety and welfare of vulnerable adults and to take appropriate steps (including those set out in this policy and procedure) to ensure that suspicions and allegations of abuse are taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

  • The Safeguarding Manager (SM) is responsible for the overall implementation of the safeguarding strategy and case management.
  • The Safeguarding Officer (SO) is responsible for the day to day implementation of safeguarding within their department.

 

We are committed to reviewing our policy and best practice on a regular basis.