Equality Policy

Central Football Club is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members to abide and adhere to these

Policies and the requirements of the relevant equalities legislation:

Race Relations Act 1976,

Sex Discrimination Act 1975

Disability Discrimination Act 1995

As well as any amendments to these acts and any new legislation.

Central Football Club commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims, when it is brought to its attention, of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that

The practice stop and sanctions imposed as appropriate.

Central Football Club’s Equality Policy

As the governing body of the game, The Football Association is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the game at every

level. Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, anyone who wants to participate in it.

The FA’s commitment is to eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability.

The FA is also committed to promoting equality by treating people fairly and with respect, by recognising that inequalities may exist, by taking

steps to address them and by providing access and opportunities for all members of the community.

This policy is at the heart of Central football club.

The aim of this policy is to ensure that everyone is treated fairly, with respect and that Central Football Club is equally accessible to everyone.

Central Football Club is responsible for setting standards and values that  apply throughout the club at every level.

This policy is fully supported by the Club Officers who are responsible for the implementation of this policy.

Central Football Club, in all its activities will not discriminate, or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or Disability. It means that Central Football Club will ensure that it treats people fairly and with respect and that it will provide access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in, and enjoy, its activities.

Central Football Club will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or

Victimisation of an individual, which for the purposes of this policy and the actions and sanction applicable, is regarded as discrimination.

This includes sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal.

Central Football Club will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

Central Football Club is committed to taking positive action where

Inequalities exist, and to the development of a programme of ongoing training and awareness -raising events and activities in order to promote

the eradication of discrimination and promote equality in football.

Club Complaints Procedure

In the event that any member feels that he or she has suffered discrimination in any way or that the Club Policies, Rules or Code of Conduct have

Been broken they should follow the procedures below:

1.  They should report the matter to the Club Secretary or another member of the Committee.

The report should include:

  • Details of what, when, and where the occurrence took place
  • Any witness statement and names
  • Names of any others who have been treated in a similar way
  • Details of any former complaints made about the incident, date, when and to who made
  • A preference for a solution to the incident

2. The Club’s Management Committee will sit for any hearings that are requested.

3. The Club’s Management Committee will have the power to:

  • Warn as to future conduct
  • Suspend from membership
  • Remove from membership any person found to have broken the

Club’s Policies or Codes of Conduct.

If the complaint is with regard to the Club’s Management Committee the member has the right to report the discrimination direct to the relevant County Football Association

Child Protection Policy


1.1 Our mission "to provide an opportunity for children of both sexes to play football in a safe structured and friendly environment" has meant that Central F.C. has always had a strong commitment to protecting the welfare and interests of all the young people.entrusted to our care on match days and for training sessions.

1. 2 Our affiliation to Devon FA requires us to have a formal Child Protection Policy. Our guiding principals already state that the club will organise itself in every aspect of play. Management and administration in the best interests of the young people. Therefore this Policy Statement formally sets out the way in which Central F.C. will approach Child Protection issues.

Rights and responsibilities

2. 1 Children have a right to expect that the club will protect them from physical, sexual and emotional harm or neglect at all times. In any conflict of interest, this right supersedes all other rights and responsibilities listed below.
2. 2 Children therefore have a right to expect that every adult involved in Central F.C. - parent, manager, trainer, helper, official - will see child protection as their responsibility.
2. 3 Parents have a right to expect appropriate behaviour toward their children) from any manager, trainer, helper or any other official entrusted with the care of their children) for the temporary period of training or match play.
2. 4 Parents have a right to expect that any manager, trainer, helper or any other official entrusted with the care of their children) for the temporary period of training or match play will do all within their ability and power to prevent abuse from another party.
2. 5 Managers, trainers, helpers and any other official entrusted with the care of the children) have a right to expect that parents will reasonably co-operate with requests on dropping or collecting child(ren) at designated times and places.
2. 6 Managers, trainers, helpers or any other official entrusted with the care of the child(ren) have a right to expect that Central F.C. will deal appropriately with any accusation of abuse made against them from whatever source.

Setting the Policy

3. 1 The club will be guided at all times by advice from the Police, Social Services, it's Solicitors or any other statutory body in all matters relating to child protection issues.
3. 2 The club agrees to be bound by any procedures, both legal and disciplinary, set out by the Devon FA in relation to child protection issues.
3. 3 The Chairman will liaise with the Community Police Officer for St. Leonard’s to ensure that child protection issues receive the attention and priority set out in our guiding principles.

Our Policy Framework

4. i The club acknowledges that speed of action and exchange of full information in cases of abuse is often paramount. The issue of confidentiality is always secondary to the issue of the protection of any child from abuse.
4. 2 All officials, managers, trainers, helpers will be vetted for offences against children through the Community Police Officer or the FA
4. 3 The club recognises that it may be necessary to develop more thorough and specific investigatory and / or disciplinary procedures than set out in 7.2 below. At present the Chairman has considerable discretion in specific investigatory and / or disciplinary procedures: although he/she must be guided by any existing principles, policy and procedures, coupled with appropriate advice from the Football Association/NSPCC Child Protection Helpline and always acting in the best interests of the child(ren).
4. 4 The Club is committed to providing appropriate training and support in pursuance of the Child Protection Policy.
4, 5 A named Child Protection Officer is appointed to the Committee.
Specific Procedures - Matches and Training Events
5. 1 No match or training event must proceed without at least two adults present. This is for both health
and safety, as well as child protection, issues. Cancellation must supersede any other consideration e.g. league
sanctions over failure to fulfill a fixture.
5. 2 suspicious spectators at training events/match days should be challenged by a minimum of two Club
representatives. Again a Club official must be informed as soon as possible after the incident if such a challenge
has occurred, as it is important to build up a log of incidents.
5. 3 Managers permission should be sought from anyone wishing to take photographs before, during or after
training events / match play. Names should not accompany photographs in media articles.

Specific Procedures - Appropriate Behaviour

6. 1 It is the duty of the Team manager to immediately inform the Chair of any trainers, coaches or
helpers who join the team. The Chair must ensure e that such persons fill in an FA. Vetting form, that official
identification is seen by themselves or a designated member of the Committee and that the form is sent to the
6. 2 Managers, coaches, trainers and helpers must consider carefully how they conduct themselves in front of
children. They must reflect on their language, use of physical contact, being alone etc. This could form a useful
discussion from time to time at adult team managers meetings.

Specific Procedures - The Duty to Investigate

7. 1 If anyone has concerns at any time, they must immediately bring the matter to the attention of the
Named Child Protection Officer. If the N.C.P.O, cannot be contacted / is not available, then advice should be
sought from The Football Association / NSPCC Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000. A Club official should
be informed as soon as possible.
7.2 The Chairman has a duty to conduct an immediate internal investigation into any issue of alleged child
abuse, and to take the action s/he thinks appropriate and timely in the circumstances, and on the fullest
information available. External advice should be sought on the Helpline. This may include the need to suspend
any adult member of the Club during a period of investigation. In line with the principle set out in 2.6 the Club
will ensure that it finds the appropriate way to support any individual accused of abuse pending and/or during
any internal or external investigation.

Review of Policy and Procedure

8. 1 Child protection issues will be regularly reviewed (no less that twice a year) by the Committee of
Management; and always if there is a reported and investigated incident; and in the light of any other
subsequent legislation and advice.
8. 2 The Chairman will always report on this topic at the AGM.

Policy reviewed November 2001

Named Child Protection Officer – Mark Sloman 07876018577

The FA/NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000

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