Child Safeguarding Roles
- This document describes the roles of:
- This document is part of the CA Child Safeguarding Policy.
Role of the National Safeguarding Officer
- The National Safeguarding Officer (National SO), also known as the National Safeguarding Officer, is appointed by the Executive Board.
- The National Safeguarding Officer will:
- Lead on the effective implementation of this policy and its procedures.
- Liaise closely with Clubs, Federations and Academies to encourage good practice.
- Maintain a register of all members holding DBS Enhanced Certificates registered with the DBS Update Service.
- Monitor safeguarding activities to ensure the policy remains fit for purpose and where appropriate recommend changes.
- Report to the designated member of the CA Executive Board on any child safeguarding issues, whilst ensuring confidentiality is maintained for specific cases.
- Raise awareness of this policy and its procedures with parents, children and other members.
- Challenge behaviour which breaches the policy or its procedures.
- Keep abreast of developments in the field of child safeguarding.
- Advise on training opportunities for LSOs, volunteers and coaches.
- Respond appropriately to incidents or concerns which relate to the safeguarding of a child.
- Maintain confidential records of reported cases and action taken.
- Where required, liaise with statutory agencies and ensure they have access to all necessary information.
- Ensure advise on DBS clearance and issues of Regulated Activity is clear and up-to-date.
- Oversee the processes required by DBS checks.
- Act as the CA contact person on matters relating to child safeguarding.
Role of Local Safeguarding Officers
- Clubs, Federations and Academies are required to appoint a Local Safeguarding Officer (LSO).
- The name and contact details of the LSO must be registered on the CA members' database.
- All LSOs are expected to liaise with the National Safeguarding Officer and other LSOs in spreading best practices.
- A Club Welfare/Safeguarding Officer is required to:
- Work closely with the club's management to ensure that this safeguarding policy works effectively within their club.
- Advise their club's event/team-managers/coaches/volunteers/Responsible-Adults on their roles in safeguarding children.
- Act as their club's contact person on child safeguarding.
- To hold personal, medical and contact details, as supplied by the parents (see Template T1) of all children at their club, ensuring that the children's coaches have access to the information.
- Ensure all safeguarding incidents within their Club are correctly recorded and reported in accordance with CA policy.
- Identify when DBS Enhanced Certificates are required by a club member and work with the office to obtain them, ensuring they are registered with the DBS Update Service. (see Requirement for DBS Enhanced Certificates).
- Authorise any coaching activity with children.
- A Federation LSO is required to:
- Work closely with the Federation management to ensure that this safeguarding policy works effectively within their Federation.
- Advise on training opportunities for coaches and volunteers.
- Provide guidance to clubs, with particular relevance for clubs new to safeguarding.
- Ensure all safeguarding incidents within their Federation are correctly recorded and reported in accordance with CA policy.
- An Academy LSO is required to:
- Work closely with the Academy management to ensure that this safeguarding policy works effectively within their Academy.
- Act as the Academy's contact person on child safeguarding.
- Ensure all safeguarding incidents within their Academy are correctly recorded and reported in accordance with CA policy.
- Identify when DBS Enhanced Certificates are required by Academy coaches or volunteers and work with the office to obtain them, ensuring they are registered with the DBS Update Service. (see Requirement for DBS Enhanced Certificates.
Role of a Responsible Adult
- A Responsible Adult (RA), for the purposes of this policy and its supporting documents, is an adult who has been given delegated authority and responsibility by the child's parent to make decisions and to take actions to manage the safety of the child.
- The RA must agree to undertake this role.
Role of a Responsible Adult (RA)
- If the child is unaccompanied by their parent, an RA must be appointed by the child's parents. As an exception, if for any reason this has not been done, the team captain, or event organiser, is to ensure that a person is designated as an RA for such a child.
- A team coach or fellow adult competitor is allowed to be an RA.
- An adult may be appointed as an RA for up to 6 children in a competition.
- The RA is to be briefed on their responsibilities by their Local Safeguarding Officer (LSO).
- For each child for whom they have been designated, the RA is responsible for:
- Ensuring the competition's host club are aware beforehand of the need for safeguarding the young players concerned and to ensure any issues (e.g. changing facilities) are resolved
- Ensuring that the travel arrangements have addressed all safeguarding requirements.
- Advising their parent/guardian of the CA's policy on videoing/live-streaming and photography of children (see Codes of Safeguarding Conduct - Conduct when photographing, etc.).
- During the event, safeguarding the child/children for whom they have responsibility. Thus, this responsibility cannot be carried out remotely.
- In coordination with the event organiser, handling, initially, any safeguarding incidents involving the child(ren) for whom they are the RA, as part of the safeguarding reporting process.