The Academy 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.
The Academy 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 at the Academy in a safe and child centred environment for children and young people
• Are protected from abuse whilst participating in activities organised by the Academy
The Academy 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, everyone at the Academy 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 Academy. Failure to comply with them will be addressed without delay and action taken. Our policies and procedures are regularly reviewed and updated and have to be approved by the Board of Directors of Hull City Tigers, the Premier League and the Local Safeguarding Children Board. This policy was revised in July 2013, updated in December 2013 and approved by the Board in April 2014.
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.
Reporting Your Concerns
If you have a concern about your own safety or the safety or welfare of a child or adults at risk who engage in Academy activities you can speak to one of the following people:
Kathy Rowe – Safeguarding Manager - 01482 358359
Matt Murphy – Academy Head of Education - 01482 358397
If you are worried about the immediate safety or welfare of a child, you can also contact:
Humberside Police - 101 or 999 in an emergency
Children’s Social Care - 01482 448879 (daytime) | 01482 788080 (Emergency Duty Team)
NSPCC 24-Hour Helpline - 0808 800 5000
Keeping Yourself Safe Online
The Club and the Academy are proud to be involved on the ever growing protection of vulnerable people online due to the fact there are an enormous amount of children and young people across the UK who access the internet. Social media is paramount in how they stay in touch with friends and family. The issue being, the Internet is also a public place and although bringing many opportunities, it also creates an avenue new risks and challenges.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is part of the UK police, set up to tackle the sexual exploitation of children. The CEOP Centre aims to educate children, young people, their parents, carers and fans to understand the risks they may face online and what they can do to empower themselves to stay safe.
The Club and the Academy utilises the Internet to communicate in a variety of ways. It is important therefore to understand how to make use of this technology appropriately and working with the CEOP Centre and their education programme, ‘Think U Know’, will help to achieve this. For more information, please visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk.