RESPECT & SAFEGUARDING
Playing football in a safe and supportive space starts with us. The FA Respect Codes of Conduct are in place for us at IGF FC to create a safe and inclusive environment for our players to learn and play football. We expect high standards of behaviour from all involved with the Club, please remember you are not only representing us as a Club but also yourselves and your families.
Individual Codes of Conduct can be found below. Please share links with your players and teams and urge them to read them before the season starts. These Codes of Conduct will also have been re-iterated in your player contracts signed at the team induction day. These are also below for your reference.
However, as coaches in positions of trust we also have a wider responsibility to all the children in the club to ensure they are safe and protected.
Safeguarding rules and regulations can be found here:
The FA Safeguarding policies are below along with the Club's specific safeguarding policy relating to youth and players aged 16-17 years of age:
REPORTING CONCERNS ABOUT A PLAYER
We have a duty to protect all children who play football under the IGF FC banner. If you are ever worried about a child on a team then always contact our Child Welfare Officer, Kristen Bailey.
We understand that it can be difficult to report concerns aka 'whistleblowing.' You may think it's 'making a fuss' or that it may affect your position as a player within our club. However, it is always important to report these concerns early on to help us improve practice within the club and for the safety of all who play under our banner.
If you would like to report a concern anonymously, please click here to go to an anonymous form that allows you to talk about any worries you may have in a safe and protected space. Only the CWO will have access to these forms.
The following contacts/websites can also be consulted for advice:
Melanie Gill/ County Welfare Officer
@Hampshire FA via Melanie.Gill@HampshireFA.com / 07885807321
The FA via Safeguarding@TheFA.com/ 0800 169 1863
NSPCC via firstname.lastname@example.org / 0808 800 5000
Child Protection in Sport Unit via email@example.com
The following are resources to assist in the working with young people, understanding our roles and responsibilities but also ensuring our players are safe from harm and risk outside of football. We have a duty to look out for every child in our Club. Included here are the Club's policies on anti-bullying and photography & videos.