Nov 28, 2016
Following the recent revelations about child abuse in football, we are writing to you to ensure that you are left in no doubt concerning how seriously Ashridge Park FC views this situation. We are keen to emphasise the diligence with which our Club approaches its safeguarding responsibilities.
Child Safety is our Number One Priority.
The safety and welfare of the children in our Club underpins everything that we do. As a minimum requirement, every Manager must hold a valid enhanced DBS certificate (Disclosure & Barring Service - previously CRB), renewable every three years. Furthermore, as a minimum coaching qualification, each appointed coach must hold (or have started working towards) an FA Level One certificate, which requires the individual to attend a Safeguarding Children course, renewable every three years.
As a Charter Standard Community Club, our processes and qualifications are audited annually as at 31 March. We hold extremely detailed records and I am pleased to confirm that as at 28 November, for our 26 junior teams from Soccer School through to U18's:
All 26 Managers have an up to date enhanced DBS.
All 26 Managers have an up to date Safeguarding Children Certificate.
Our safeguarding policy is in line with FA requirements, and is reviewed annually. We have an appointed Child Welfare Officer, Alan Youd, who is a former Head Teacher.
All our training sessions, matches and club events are open at all times to every parent who wishes to attend.
If you have any concerns whatsoever about child welfare with our Club, please contact us.
We cannot and will not ever be complacent about child safety.