SAFEGUARDING

At Hull City Tigers we believe that football should be an enjoyable activity for everyone whether as a participant or spectator, child or adult.

We continue to do all we can to encourage the participation of all sectors of the community and to make the involvement in football a healthy, life-enhancing and safe experience.

The safety of Children and Vulnerable Adults is of paramount importance to Hull City Tigers and we shall continue to do our utmost to help Safeguard Children and Vulnerable Adults in our care.

Staff regularly attend FA Safeguarding Workshops in order to keep up with changes in legislation and will continue to ensure the safety and well being of all young people engaged in activities at the football club.

It has always been and will remain the policy of Hull City Tigers, Super Stadium Management Company Limited and the Tigers Sport & Education Trust, to carry out Disclosure and Barring checks on any potential new member of staff where necessary, whether they are paid or working voluntarily, before they can work with children (i.e. under 18 years of age) and vulnerable adults. There are no exceptions to this.

Our policy is approved by the Hull Safeguarding Children Board. A full copy of our Safeguarding Policies and Procedures, which are reviewed on an annual basis, is available from our Safeguarding Team.

If anyone has any concerns regarding the safety of a child or vulnerable adult please contact one of the officers named below.

Contact numbers:

Kathy Rowe (Head of Safeguarding): 01482 358359

John Davies (Tigers Trust): 01482 358372

Kathy Rowe (Academy Safeguarding Officer): 01482 358359

Mark Hagues (Arena Safeguarding Officer): 01482 358384

Garry Neal (SMC Safeguarding Officer): 01482 358307

Emergency Number: 07714 329445

 

Hull City Tigers Safeguarding Children Statement

Hull City Tigers believe that football should be fun, healthy and life enhancing  and that all those who participate in the Club’s activities should have an enjoyable and safe experience.

Hull City Tigers acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring that safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and Premier League requirements.

Our Policies recognise that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socio-economic background, all children

* have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport at Hull City Tigers in a safe and child centred environment for children and young people

* are protected from abuse whilst participating in activities organised by the Club

Hull City Tigers acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept our responsibility to take reasonable steps to ensure their welfare and capacity to participate as fully as possible in football activities.

As part of our Safeguarding Policy, Hull City Tigers will

* promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people

* ensure that all staff and volunteers at the club understand their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding children and are provided with safeguarding  training that reflects the nature of their role

* ensure that appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns  of abuse and that support is provided to individuals who raise concerns

* ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of safeguarding concerns  are maintained and securely stored

* prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals

* ensure that robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in place and followed

Our safeguarding policies and procedures are widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved with the Club. Failure to comply with them will be addressed without delay and action taken.

Monitoring.

All Safeguarding policies are reviewed annually, or if there are changes in legislation/guidance, or, as required by the Local Safeguarding Board, UK sport or Premier League.

 

POLICY FOR CHILDREN/YOUNG PEOPLE ATTENDING MATCHES

Statement:

Hull City Tigers believe that football should be fun, healthy and life enhancing and that all those who participate in the Club’s activities should have an enjoyable and safe experience.

Hull City Tigers acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring that safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and Premier League requirements.

 

In accordance with this statement and in order to ensure that the welfare and safety of our children and young people is paramount; we have a policy that restricts the age at which unaccompanied children/young people can attend football matches

 

Home Matches

Babies/toddlers under the age of 2 years old will not be admitted to the stadium as they are not deemed able to occupy a seat which compromises the stadium’s safety certificate.

Unaccompanied children/young People under the age of 14 years will not be admitted into the KCOM Stadium

Children/Young People under the age of 14 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult who is 18 years old or over.

Children/Young People under the age of 14 years remain the responsibility of their parent/carer/responsible adult at all times whilst at the Stadium.

 

Responsibilities of Adults accompanying children under 14 years old

The Stadium, on match days, can be very busy and therefore it is important that children/young people are kept safe in order that they can derive the best possible enjoyment from their experience. It is therefore very important that the adult responsible for them;

Knows where the child is at all times and has sight of them

Has agreed meeting points with the child, both inside and outside of the stadium, should they become separated from the adult

Has explained to the child who to contact if they are unable to find the adult i.e. a steward

Has explained to the child the importance of not going off with anyone who is not a steward.

 

Away Matches

Football clubs may differ in the age restrictions, for attending matches, which they implement for travelling fans and it is important that parent/carers ascertain what those age restrictions are. Hull City Tigers do however advise that children under 16 years should not be travelling unaccompanied by a responsible adult (over 18 years old) to away matches. Unaccompanied young people under 16 years of age will not be allowed to travel on Tigers Travel. In addition to this we would advise that young people under 18 years old travel on alcohol free transport.

 

Responsibilities of KCOM Stadium Staff

The Safeguarding Manager and Safety Officer are in attendance at all matches and will liaise together regarding any issues that arise in respect of children or vulnerable adults. Any issue that arises in respect of this policy must be notified to the Safety Officer.

 

Procedure

Under 14 year olds arriving at the Stadium unaccompanied

Where stewards identify that a child under 14 has arrived at the stadium unaccompanied; the steward must contact their supervisor who will notify the Safety Officer.

The Safety Officer will liaise with the Safeguarding Manager who will assess the situation and decide in liaison with the Safety Officer on a course of action.

No child will be removed from the stadium without consideration being given to their welfare and contact made with a parent/carer.

 

Missing Children

Where a child under 14 has been reported, by their parent/carer/responsible adult, to a member of staff as missing; they will be considered vulnerable and therefore a priority.

Stewards should check that any agreed meeting point has already been checked and then report the details to the Safety Officer in the control room who will liaise with the Safeguarding Manager and relevant staff.

Supervisors will be informed and given a description of the child in order to assist.

The Safety Officer will determine at what point the Police need to be informed.

Once found and providing identity is checked; the child can be returned to their parent/carer/responsible adult.

 

Found Children

Where a child under 14 has been found by a member of staff; they will be considered as safe.

Stewards will inform their Supervisor who will report the details to the Safety Officer in the control room and who in turn will liaise with the Safeguarding Manager.

Details of the circumstances in which the child became separated, seating area, any agreed meeting point and any telephone numbers should be checked.

All relevant Supervisors will be alerted to assist in the identification of the missing adult.

Once located and identity checked, the child can be re-united with the adult.

This Policy has been agreed and approved by the Hull City Tigers Board and will be reviewed annually.

Reviewed in August 2017 – next review is August 2018

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