Child Protection Policy 2019


Soccer Development & BSFC Academy acknowledges it’s roles & responsibilities towards every child & young person who has been entrusted to it’s care.


We subscribe to the Child Protection Procedures & Practices contained in the hand book published by the football association November 2000, & endorse, & accept the following statement;


“Every child or young person who participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable & safe environment & be protected from abuse”.

To meet it’s objective, Soccer Development & BSFC Academy have appointed Tim Moylette as Child Protection Officer, who is first point of contact for any queries, tel no: 01279 306118 / 07740945117 or


The following key points of good practice apply to coaching staff:

  • Always working in an open environment (e.g. avoiding private or unobserved situations and encouraging open communication with no secrets).

  • Treating all young people equally with respect and dignity.

  • Always putting the welfare of each young person first, before winning or achieving goals.

  • Maintaining a safe and appropriate distance with players (e.g. it is not appropriate for staff or volunteers to have an intimate relationship with a child or to share a room with them).

  • Building balanced relationships based on mutual trust which empowers children to share in the decision-making process;

  • Making sport fun, enjoyable and promoting fair play.

  • Ensuring that if any form of manual/physical support is required, it should be provided openly and according to guidelines provided by the Coach Education Programme. Care is needed, as it is difficult to maintain hand positions when the child is constantly moving. Young people should always be consulted and their agreement gained. Some parents are becoming increasingly sensitive about manual support and their views should always be carefully considered.

  • Being an excellent role model – this includes not smoking or drinking alcohol in the company of young people.

  • Giving enthusiastic and constructive feedback rather than negative criticism.

  • Securing parental consent in writing to act in loco parentis, if the need arises to administer emergency first aid and/or other medical treatment.

  • Keeping a written record of any injury that occurs, along with the details of any treatment given.

  • Avoid spending excessive amounts of time alone with children away from others

  • Avoid taking or dropping off a child to an event

Practices never to be sanctioned

The following should never be sanctioned. You should never:

  • Engage in rough, physical or sexually provocative games, including horseplay

  • Allow or engage in any form of inappropriate touching

  • Make sexually suggestive comments to a child, even in fun

  • Reduce a child to tears as a form of control

Invite or allow children to stay with you at your home unsupervised

Safety Rules/Code of Conduct




  • Parents of children in reception, Year 1 & Year 2, must stay & supervise their children at ALL SESSIONS (no shouting/smoking/drinking alcohol).


  • Parents of children in Year 3 & above are advised to remain at sessions to ensure their child’s safety.  Those parents who decide not to stay must deliver their child to coach & ensure child’s name is entered onto register.


  • Parents who do not stay MUST leave a contact number with coach (normally a mobile number) in case of emergency.



Parents/guardians have a great influence on childrens enjoyment & success in football.  All children play football because they first & foremost love the game – it’s fun.  It is important to remember that however good a child becomes at football within our club, it is important that we reinforce the message to parents/guardians that positive encouragement will contribute to:



  • Children enjoying football.


  • A sense of personal achievement.


  • Self-esteem.


  • Improving the child’s skills & techniques.


  • We expect all parents/guardians within our club to be always positive and encouraging towards all of the children (not just their own).  Parents/guardians are expected to adhere to the following code of conduct.


  • Applaud the opposition as well as our own team.


  • Avoid coaching the child during the game.


  • At matches, the managers/coaches will have had team talks.  Tactics will have been decided prior to the match.  Whilst encouragement is welcomed, please do not shout instruction to players during a game.


  • Give encouragement to everyone to participate in football.


  • Read the Players Code of Conduct provided to your child.  Please encourage your child to comply with the code.


  • Familiarise themselves with the Child Protection Policy.  The Child Protection Officer is Tim Moylette.



  • Parents must return 10 minutes before the end of session.


  • All children must be sent wearing appropriate clothing, cub kit, shin guards, trainers for gym or astro, football boots for fields, warm clothing & waterproofs for outside & bottle of water.  


Code of Conduct for Parents/Guardians

Safety Rules/Codes of Conduct




  • Always register in with coach at start of all sessions.

  • Never to leave training area without adult supervision.

  • Never to leave or wander off site, & must wait to be de-registered at end of session by coach.

  • Use of abusive language will not be tolerated.

  •  Do not argue with coaching staff.

  • PLAY SAFE – Never push, pull, trip, kick.

  •  PLAY SAFE – Try to stay on feet, no sliding.

  • PLAY SAFE – Look before you run.

  • PLAY SAFE – Not to kick the ball at anybody.

  • Not to enter or leave sessions without parents.

  • No going home early, no wandering off, all children must only leave after de-registration, name called out by coach & matched to parent.


  • No making fun of other children.

  • To play with a smile & good attitude.

  • Never play around with equipment, cones, goals or stand/balance on gym benches.

  •  When indoors never aim football deliberately at lights or windows. 

  • Code of Conduct for Players

  • Players are the most important people in the sport.  Playing for the team, & for the team to win, is the most fundamental part of the game.  But not winning at any cost – Fair Play & respect for all others in the game is important.

  • The key concepts in the Code are valid for players at all levels.

  • Obligations towards the game

  • A player should;

  • Make every effort to develop their own abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics & stamina.

  • Give maximum effort & strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if his team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.

  • Set a positive example for others at all times, particularly young players & supporters.

  • Avoid all forms of gamesmanship & time wasting.

  • Always have regard for the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game & any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.

  • Must not use inappropriate language or behaviour (swearing, spitting etc).