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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.

Safeguarding information and policies

Adults at risk guide to safeguarding

Safeguarding adults policy and procedure

Safeguarding children policy and procedure

Affiliated footballs safeguarding children policy 

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 Premier 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 safeguarding team

[email protected]

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

BCP Services

Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Children’s Services First Response Hub

Tel – 01202 735046

[email protected]

BCP - Social Services out of hours service 

Tel - 01202 738256

[email protected]

BCP - Adult Social Care 

Tel - 01202 123654

[email protected]

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

Email: [email protected]

Dorset Services

Dorset Children’s Advice and Duty Service (CHaD)

Tel – 01305 228866

Dorset Direct – Adult Social Care

Tel – 01305 221016 

Emergency Duty Service – 01305 858250

Email: [email protected]

Dorset Council Designated Officer 

Tel - 01305 221122

Premier League Safeguarding Team

Tel - 0207 864 9000

Email - [email protected] 

Online - https://www.premierleague.com/safeguarding

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 [email protected]



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