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Sunday, 11 December 2016 19:17
I am sure you will have seen the ongoing and distressing news coverage regarding abuse of young footballers by Coaches working for professional Football Clubs. On behalf of the Committee I wanted to write to you and provide some timely reassurance about the Child Welfare Framework that exists at our Club. It also provides an opportunity to remind you of the key contacts should you ever have any concerns about your son or daughter whilst playing for HSCSC.

I think it is worth pointing out that the terrible cases that have recently come to light are historical and occurred in an era when Child Protection was a significantly lower priority not only in sport but also society in general. Having said that with over 350 young people now training and playing regularly for the Club we cannot be complacent and children's welfare is, and will continue to be, our paramount consideration.

Under the HSCSC Child Welfare Framework the following controls are in place:
1) We have two Club Welfare Officers, Mark Jones and Jude Clark. Both have undertaken specific FA Qualifications in order to hold their posts and critically both also have extensive professional experience of dealing with children in highly regulated environments. As the Club Chairperson I take great comfort from having two individuals of such a high calibre providing guidance in the most important aspect of our Club's operation. If you ever have any concerns regarding your child that are connected to HSCSC you can write to either of them in confidence at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
2) All adults who regularly come into contact with your son or daughter as a Team Manager or Coach are required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The purpose of CRC is to help employers and other organisations make safer recruitment decisions on employees or volunteers, with the aim of preventing unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. This check is repeated every 3 years and regardless of an individuals professional qualifications every volunteer at HSCSC must go through the unique FA process under the supervision of our Welfare Officers. If you ever see a "new face" becoming involved in your teams football activity you are encouraged to confirm with them and the Team Manager that they have successfully completed this process.
3) All Team Managers are required to undertake an FA Safeguarding Children Qualification and again this must be renewed avery three years. Amongst other topics that are covered , two key items covered are how to recognise signs of abuse i.e. identify the behaviours that cause concern and clarifying the actions to take and also who can help.
4) The Nottinghamshire FA employ a full time Welfare Officer who is a resource for us as a grassroots Clubs and they  in turn are supported by a dedicated national team.
5) All Clubs as a condition of maintaining their Charter Status are required to undertake an annual Health Check which involves being able to demonstrate that the required controls are in place.

There is a huge amount of information available to Parents on this subject and the NSPCC guide is particularly comprehensive:  https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/

The feedback I receive regarding children's experience of playing football at the Club is overwhelmingly positive and HSCSC has a very good reputation amongst the football community of Nottinghamshire for the behaviour of our players, volunteers and the family and friends who attend games. I would like to take this opportunity therefore of thanking you for your continued support in 2016 and on behalf of the Committee wish you and your family a very happy and peaceful Christmas Holiday.

Regards

Nigel