The Guernsey FA has consistently taken a proactive approach towards the matter of child welfare and safeguarding since it became one of the first County Football Associations to introduce mandatory Criminal Record Checks (CRC’s) for volunteer coaches and today, each Guernsey club with youth and mini’s teams, continues to ensure it retains the FA Charter Standard kitemark through the specific support of the GFA. This kitemark is given to Clubs that are committed to creating and maintaining football environments that prioritise child welfare and safeguarding.
The safeguarding validation visits are another example of the work being done to ensure football in Guernsey remains as safe as possible. The upcoming validation visits are not the first visits to have been completed by the GFA, as they began during the previous season and will now be a continual process, which ensures that local clubs with youth teams are meeting their commitment to safeguarding. The process is also an opportunity for the GFA staff to meet and engage with coaches and parents and to ensure that they are informed and knowledgeable about safeguarding in football. As part of the visit the coaches, parents and officials will be asked some simple questions to ensure that everyone understands The FA processes for safeguarding in football and to identify areas whereby the GFA can support clubs to improve safeguarding processes if required.
General Safeguarding Information
As the Guernsey FA continues to offer support in various ways across the game on the important subject of Safeguarding, please see below some useful information and contact details:
Online Safeguarding re-certification
For those coaches needing to renew their safeguarding children certificate, the new online safeguarding re-certification is available and is FREE as part of the commitment towards ensuring that every volunteer coach is able to remain up to date with current best practice guidelines and work towards ensuring each local football environment is as safe as possible.
FA Safeguarding Film
The FA has produced a very informative short film, which provides an important insight into safeguarding in football. The film can be accessed here; Watch the video here
Should anybody wish to contact the Guernsey FA with regard specific Safeguarding concerns, a specific email address is available; firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you need to contact anybody to discuss specific safeguarding concerns that you may have, the following options are available:
Guernsey Police 72511
Crimestoppers – 0800 555 111
NSPCC Hotline – 0800 023 2642
Guernsey FA – safeguarding@GuernseyFA.com
Guernsey FA Designated Safeguarding Officer Sara Mallett -Sara.Mallett@randellandloveridge.gg
Guernsey FA Senior Safeguarding Lead, Gary Roberts – Gary.roberts@GuernseyFA.com
Guernsey FA Board Safeguarding Champion, Chris Schofield - Chris.Schofield@hepburnsinsurance.gg