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Safeguarding

Safeguarding

Nottingham Forest Football Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The club has systems in place to ensure that the welfare of vulnerable groups is dealt with appropriately and sensitively.

Everyone working at the club has a duty of care to safeguard the welfare of children and young people by creating an environment that protects them from harm. Our standards of practice ensure all staff are fully aware and understand their responsibilities under safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance.

All staff are alert to signs of abuse or maltreatment and will refer concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead using the agreed safeguarding procedures.

The club ensures that all staff that have a direct responsibility for children, young people or vulnerable adults (vulnerable groups) have been subject to the most stringent of recruitment practices which include Enhanced Criminal Record Checks and reference checks.

Whistle-Blowing

Whistle-blowing in a safeguarding context means revealing and raising concerns over misconduct or malpractice within an organisation, or within an independent structure associated with it.

It can be used as an early-warning system or when it is recognised that appropriate actions have not been taken. This approach or policy is adopted in many different walks of life.

Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague's conduct towards a child or young person can also use whistle-blowing by calling 0800 169 1863 and asking for The FA's safeguarding team, or via email to: safeguarding@TheFA.com.

Useful Resources

The FA has released a document entitled 'Keeping Football Safe and Enjoyable', which outlines the safeguarding work being done right across football.

The PFA Safety Net offers confidential support to Academy players, Trialists and their parents/guardians/carers, a link to the website can be found here: https://thepfa-safetynet.com/

Contact Us

Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer

Julian Taylor

07811 767569

besafe@nottinghamforest.co.uk

Designated Safeguarding Officer for Nottingham Forest Community Trust

Calum Osborne

07887 615182

calum.osborne@nottinghamforest.co.uk

Designated Safeguarding Officer for Nottingham Forest Academy

Chris Caunt

chris.caunt@nottinghamforest.co.uk

Reporting

If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a child or vulnerable adult at Nottingham Forest Football Club you can contact us via telephone or email. A member of our Safeguarding Team will review the information you have provided within 24 hours and decide what action needs to be taken. You can also fill in our reporting form which can be found below.

We have a duty to share information that you give us with other agencies if we think that a child or vulnerable adult could be at risk of harm.

Alternatively, concerns can be reported to the following organisations:

• Police

If you believe that a child is at immediate risk and in need of protection then you should call the Police - 999 immediately. Alternatively, if you feel the child is a risk of abuse or neglect, but not in immediate need of protection, you should call the Police on 101.

• Children's Social Care

If you make the decision to contact Children's Social Care, and the child or young person lives in Nottingham city, please call 0115 876 4800.

• The Child Protection in Sport Unit at: cpsu@nspcc.org.uk.

• The NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email: help@nspcc.org.uk.