Safeguarding and club policies
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AFC Bournemouth is committed to creating a culture where safeguarding responsibilities and procedures for raising concerns are widely understood and embedded in our values. We are fully committed to seeking to provide a safe environment for everyone involved with the Club.
The safety and wellbeing of all is of paramount importance to the Club and the Community Sports Trust. This includes children, young persons, or adults at risk whether they are our academy players, attending community programmes or our match day supporters.
Our Safeguarding vision
AFC Bournemouth strives to ensure that everyone in our care or attending our activities feels safe, protected, and free from the risk of harm.
The Club takes its safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and we are committed to creating a safe and positive environment for everyone.
Our Safeguarding Values
Safeguarding is woven through our practices, and we aspire to create a culture within the club where all involved feel:
Trusted - We will promote good safeguarding practice and ensure it is widely understood, openly discussed and where all staff recognise their role they play in keeping children, other vulnerable people, themselves, and their colleagues safe from harm.
Protected - We will provide an environment where persons who engage with the club do so in the knowledge that they will have a positive and rewarding experience.
Supported - We will respect and support everyone and everything we encounter giving everyone the opportunity to develop and strive to improve.
Heard - We aim to create a culture that gives everyone a voice and takes account of their rights and wishes and enables the club to strengthen its safeguarding arrangements.
The Club complies with government legislation relating to safeguarding vulnerable groups and has comprehensive safeguarding procedures which meet the requirements of the English Football League and The FA regulations.
All suspicions, reports and/or allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly which may involve the appropriate local authority teams where necessary.
If you have a concern about your own safety or the safety or welfare of a child or adult at risk in any aspect of their lives and they are involved in a Club activity you can speak to the following people:
AFC Bournemouth's Head of Safeguarding, Meredith Hack
Mobile: 07554 446446
Email: [email protected]
If you are worried about the immediate safety or welfare of a child, young person or adult at risk contact:
The police on 101 or 999 in an emergency
Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Children’s Services First Response Hub
Tel – 01202 735046
BCP - Social Services out of hours service
Tel - 01202 738256
BCP - Adult Social Care
Tel - 01202 123654
Textphone (Individuals who are deaf or speech impairment) - 07747757570
BCP Adult Social Care Out of Hours/Emergency Service – 0300 123 9895
BCP Council Designated Officer (LADO) – 01202 817600
Dorset Children’s Advice and Duty Service (CHaD)
Tel – 01305 228866
Dorset Direct – Adult Social Care
Tel – 01305 221016
Emergency Duty Service – 01305 858250
Dorset Council Designated Officer
Tel - 01305 221122
The English Football League, 10-12 West Cliff, Preston, PR1 8HU, Tel: 01772 325940
The Football Association/NSPCC
Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults Helpline
Tel - 0808 800 5000
Text phone for Deaf Users - 0800 056 0566.
NSPCC SMS - 88858 or email