Staff Guide

The guidelines below are in place to allow all players at our Academy to feel safe, be protected from harm and have their welfare at the heart of what we do:


All staff have responsibilities to:

  1. Provide a safe environment in which children can learn
  2. Identify children who may be in need of support
  3. Know what to do if a child tells them they are being abused
  4. Be aware of the different types of abuse
  5. Be aware of different safeguarding issues
  6. Be aware of the signs of radicalisation and know what to do

What are the club’s responsibilities in relation to safer recruitment?

  • Carry out pre appointment checks (ID checks; DBS Check (to the required level relevant to the role being performed); Barred List check; Right to work in the UK; Verify professional qualifications; Employment history and references).
  • A Single Central Record (SCR) of all staff containing the above information is maintained

What policies and procedures relate to safeguarding?

  • Safeguarding policy
  • Referral of abuse procedure
  • Recruitment policy
  • Trialist pack
  • Allegations against staff policy
  • Recruitment of Scouts policy
  • Equality policy
  • Anti-bullying policy
  • Complaints policy
  • Tours and tournaments policy and procedure
  • Accommodation policy
  • Transport policy
  • Guidance document (Match Day)
  • Health & Safety policy
  • Photographic and Visual Media Policy
  • Disciplinary policy
  • First Team appearance policy
  • Loan checklist and procedure
  • Staff Code of Conduct
  • Guidelines on Maintaining Professional Boundaries

Where do I go to find safeguarding information?

  • On the BCFC Academy website or in the Academy office

 What is covered in the Safeguarding Training?

  • All staff attends face-to-face FA safeguarding training every 3 years. Within this we cover:
  • Specific Safeguarding issues in Football– Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE),
  • Noticing possible Indicators of Abuse – Sexual, Physical, Emotional abuse and Neglect
  • Dealing with disclosures and how to respond and report– TED (Tell me: Explain to me; Describe to me). How and to who do I report a concern
  • Professional Boundaries (Position of Trust)
  • Use of Social Media and Mobile Phones.

 What do I do if I have a safeguarding concern?

  • Remain calm and take what the learner says seriously; Don’t express judgement; Listen carefully without interrupting or prompting; Reassure them that they are not to blame; Do not ask leading questions; Let them know what you are going to do to help; Don’t promise confidentiality; Complete the safeguarding referral form and report what you have been told to a member of the Safeguarding/Welfare team (in person within 2 hours)
  • The Safeguarding Officer will then review the concern and make a decision. This could include: Speaking with the player (possibly with the staff member); Decide to monitor the situation and provide on-going support; Contact parents (If this doesn’t put the child at risk of more harm); Seek advice or make a referral to Social Services or the Police

 What do I do if I have a visitor coming on site?

  • All staff should book visitors in. They should sign-in at the Academy office and collect a red visitor lanyard