Child Protection

Cookley Playing Fields Association


CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

1. Any act, statement, conduct or other matter which harms a child or children, or poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children, shall constitute behaviour which is improper and brings the game into disrepute.

2. In these Regulations the expression "Offence" shall mean any one or more of the offences contained in Schedule 1 to the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and any other criminal offence which reasonably causes the Cookley Playing Fields Association to believe that the person accused of the offence poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children.

3. Upon receipt by the Cookley Playing Fields Association of:

    3.1     notification that an individual has been charged with an Offence; or

    3.2    notification that an individual is the subject of an investigation by the police, Social Services or any other authority relating to an Offence; or

    3.3    any other information which causes the Cookley Playing Fields Association reasonably to believe that a person poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children then the Association shall have the power to order that the individual be suspended from all or any specific football activity for such period and on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit and will report this matter to the Worcestershire Football Association.

4. In reaching its determination as to whether an order under Regulation 3 should be made the Cookley Playing Fields Association shall seek guidance form the Worcestershire Football Association and give consideration, inter alia, to the following factors:

    4.1    whether a child is or children are or may be at risk of harm;

    4.2    whether the matters are of a serious nature;

    4.3    whether an order is necessary or desirable to allow the conduct of any investigation by the Cookley Playing Fields Association,  the Worcestershire Football Association or any other authority or body to proceed unimpeded.


5. The period of an order referred to in 3 above shall not be capable of lasting beyond the date upon which any charge under the Rules of the Football Association or any Offence is decided or brought to an end.

6. Where an order is imposed on an individual under regulation 3 above, the Football Association shall bring and conclude any proceedings under the Rules of The Association against the person relating to the matters as soon as reasonably practicable.

7. Where a person is convicted, or is made the subject of a caution in respect of an Offence, that shall constitute a breach of the Rules of The Football Association and the Cookley Playing Fields Association shall have the power to order the suspension of the person from all or any specific football activity for such a period (including indefinitely) and on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit.

8. For the purposes of these Regulations, The Football Association shall act through its Council or any committee or sub-committee thereof, including the Board.

9. Notification in writing of an order referred to above shall be given by the Football Association to the person concerned and  to the Cookley Playing Fields  as soon as reasonably practicable.

10. The applicable standard of proof shall be the civil action standard, of the  
balance of probability. The more serious the allegation taking into account the nature of the misconduct alleged and the context of the case the greater the burden of evidence required to find the matter proved. Save that for charges pursuant to the Football Association’s Child Protection Policy, where the welfare and protection of children  shall be paramount and the test shall be whether more likely than not.     




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