Otium Entertainment Group Limited t/a Coventry City Football Club (“the Club”) is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. The Club will endeavour to ensure the safety of all those who engage with and come into contact with the Club. The Club expects all staff, players, volunteers, participants, contractors and guests to share this commitment and to support and develop a culture of safeguarding vigilance throughout the organisation.
The Club makes provisions for children and young people, young players and adults at risk through adherence to and understanding of the Club’s Safeguarding Policies and Procedures, and in accordance with the EFL Safeguarding Strategy and Guidelines, including a robust and safer recruitment process.
The Club believe that all staff, players, volunteers, participants, contractors and guests have a responsibility to report any concerns to the Club should relating to any concern about the welfare of any child, young person or vulnerable adult.
The Club have appointed a Senior Safeguarding Manager (“SSM”), a Head of Safeguarding (“HoS”), a Designated Safeguarding Lead (“DSL”) and a number of Designated Safeguarding Officers (“DSOs”) who operate throughout the organisation both during the week and on match days. The SSM, HoS, DSL and DSOs all undergo safeguarding training on a regular basis.
The Club is committed to ensuring that:
- The safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults under the care of the Club is paramount.
- All children, young people and vulnerable adults that engage with the Club, regardless of age, culture, social background, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to safety and protection from abuse, harm or poor practice.
- The Club will work to empower young people, adults at risk and vulnerable groups to safeguard themselves and develop their resilience to harm or abuse.
- Staff have a responsibility to act on a suspicion or disclosure which suggests an adult at risk, young person or a child may be at risk of harm. Any concerns will be reported via the Club’s online portal which immediately escalates the concern to the HoS, DSL and directly to the SSM.
- All suspicions, reports and/or allegations of abuse will be taken seriously, investigated thoroughly and responded to swiftly and appropriately, which may involve the appropriate Local Authority teams or the Police, where necessary.
- The Club has a responsibility to fully support anyone who in good faith reports their concerns that a child, young person or adult at risk is, or may be, being abused or mistreated.
We follow the EFL’s Guidelines on Safer Recruitment as shown in our Safer Recruitment Policy. Therefore all staff in regulated roles are required to complete an Enhanced DBS check upon recruitment. You should complete the Self Declaration Form when applying for any vacancy.
The Club’s Safeguarding policies are updated and endorsed by the Board on an annual basis.
Additional policies are made available to all staff and volunteers.
If you have a Safeguarding issue please email email@example.com
(Updated and Endorsed by the Board: March 2021)
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