Martin Gray Football Academy
Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
MGFA makes a positive contribution to a strong and safe community and recognises the right of every individual to stay safe.
MGFA comes into contact with children and / or vulnerable adults through the following activities:
The types of contact with children and / or vulnerable adults will be regulated. This depends on the contract with the School but will often be weekly sessions.
This policy seeks to ensure that MGFA undertakes its responsibilities with regard to protection of children and / or vulnerable adults and will respond to concerns appropriately. The policy establishes a framework to support paid and unpaid staff in their practices and clarifies MGFA’s expectations.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:
This is about embedding practices throughout the organisation to ensure the protection of children and / or vulnerable adults wherever possible. Child and adult protection is about responding to circumstances that arise.
This is a selfish act of oppression and injustice, exploitation and manipulation of power by those in a position of authority. This can be caused by those inflicting harm or those who fail to act to prevent harm. Abuse is not restricted to any socio-economic group, gender or culture.
It can take a number of forms, including the following:
A child is a person under the age of 18 (as defined in the United Nations convention on the Rights of a Child).
A vulnerable adult is a person aged 18 years or over who may be unable to take care of themselves or protect themselves from harm or from being exploited.
This may include a person who:
All staff have responsibility to follow the guidance laid out in this policy and related policies, and to pass on any welfare concerns using the required procedures.
We expect all staff to promote good practice by being an excellent role model, contribute to discussions about safeguarding and to positively involve people in developing safe practices.
Additional specific responsibilities
The Designated Senior Manager /lead officer is Graham Hodgson. This person’s responsibilities are:
The scope of this Safeguarding Policy is broad ranging and in practice, it will be implemented via a range of policies and procedures within the organisation. These include: (insert list)
MGFA ensures safe recruitment through the following processes:
Criminal Bureau Records Gap Management
The organisation commits resources to providing Criminal Records Bureau check on staff whose roles involve contact with children and /or vulnerable adults.
In addition to checks on recruitment for roles involving contact with children/ vulnerable adults, for established staff the following processes are in place:
MGFA commits resources for induction, training of staff, effective communications and support mechanisms in relation to:
Induction will include:
Designated Senior Manager (and who acts in their absence)
All staff who, through their role, are in contact with children and /or vulnerable adults will have access to safeguarding training at an appropriate level.
Communications and discussion of safeguarding issues
Commitment to the following communication methods will ensure effective communication of safeguarding issues and practice:
Professional boundaries are what define the limits of a relationship between a support worker and a client. They are a set of standards we agree to uphold that allows this necessary and often close relationship to exist while ensuring the correct detachment is kept in place.
MGFA expects staff to protect the professional integrity of themselves and the organisation.
The following professional boundaries must be adhered to:
Due to the nature of business of MGFA and the fact that we work with multiple schools and organisations the safeguarding policy of each school will be adopted and adhered to by the company.
Any staff wishing to report a concern or potential issue must report it to Graham Hodgson.
It is Graham’s responsibility to then report the issue to the relevant person/people within the school in question.
Should a concern arise around a a child or children within MGFA programmes the following process will be used:
Communicate your concerns with your immediate manager
Seek medical attention for the vulnerable person if needed
Discuss with parents of child
Or with vulnerable person.
Obtain permission to make referral if safe and appropriate
If needed seek advice from the Children and Families helpdesk or Adults helpdesk
Complete the Local Authority Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Incident Report Form if required and submit to the local authority within 24 hours of making a contact
Ensure that feedback from the Local Authority is received and their response recorded
MGFA recognises its duty to report concerns or allegations against its staff within the organisation or by a professional from another organisation.
The process for raising and dealing with allegations is as follows:
First step: Any member of staff from MGFA is required to report any concerns in the first instance to their line manager. A written record of the concern will be completed by the Line manager/Safeguarding officer.
Second step: contact Local Authority for advice. Childrens Access Point on 01325 406222, or out of hours on 08702 402994
Third step: follow the advice provided
MGFA recognises its legal duty to report any concerns about unsafe practice by any of its staff to the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), according to the ISA referral guidance document https://www.isa-gov.org.uk/PDF/ISA%20Referral%20Guidance%20%20V2009-02.pdf
The organisation will monitor the following Safeguarding aspects:
Information will be gathered, recorded and stored in accordance with the following policies:
All staff must be aware that they have a professional duty to share information with other agencies in order to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. The public interest in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults may override confidentiality interests. However, information will be shared on a need to know basis only, as judged by the Designated Senior Manager.
All staff must be aware that they cannot promise service users or their families/ carers that they will keep secrets.
This policy will be reviewed by Graham Hodgson (Executive Director of Operations) every two years and when there are changes in legislation.