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Wolverhampton Wanders Football Club recognises and fully accepts it has a shared responsibility for the safety of all Children and young people who come into contact with the Club.

A “Child” is defined as anyone under the age of 18.

AN ADULT AT RISK IS DEFINED AS:

• has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs)
• is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect
• as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect

The club has embedded a culture of promoting the legal and moral responsibility to protect Children and Adults at Risk by ensuring every adult working at Wolverhampton Wanderers understands their individual responsibility. All staff must safeguard the welfare of Children, young people and Adults at Risk by creating and maintaining an environment that protects them from harm. All staff have received the appropriate training in relation to the well-being of Children and Adults at Risk

The football club has a comprehensive range of Safeguarding policies and procedures that identify best practice for all staff. All of the club’s activities fall in line with the rules and guidance of the Football Association and current legislation.
The wellbeing of Children and young people is paramount for all staff and accordingly, they must make themselves aware of the Club’s Safeguarding Children and Adult at Risk Policies. Where appropriate, the following guidelines will be supplemented by in-service training and additional guidance.

Reporting Your Concern
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and club personnel have a duty to safeguard the welfare of Children and Adults at Risk. Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club has a number of people trained and ready to deal with matters of abuse, harassment or bullying involving vulnerable people.
If you have a concern about the safety or welfare of a Child or Adult at Risk, you can speak to the following people:
• A member of staff
• The person in charge of the activity
• The Safeguarding Officer shown below

Paul Richards
Wolverhampton Wanderers Lead Child & Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding Officer & Lead Disclosure Officer.
01902 828309 (Office).
07833 051063 (Mobile).
paulrichards@wolves.co.uk

If you are worried about the immediate safety or welfare of a Child or Adult at Risk, you can also contact:
• The Police - dial 999
• The NSPCC Child Line - 0800 1111
• Wolverhampton Social Services 01902 555392
Wolverhampton Adult Services: 01902 551199 during open hours or 01902 552999 for emergency out of hours.

If immediate action is needed dial 999.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
Wolves are proud to be involved on the ever-growing protection of vulnerable people on line due to the fact there are an enormous number of Children and young people across the UK who access the internet. Social media is paramount in how they stay in touch with friends and family. The issue being, the internet is also a public place and although bringing many opportunities, it also creates an avenue new risks and challenges.
CEOP is part of the UK police, set up to tackle the sexual exploitation of Children. The CEOP Centre aims to educate Children, young people, their parents, carers and fans to understand the risks they may face online and what they can do to empower themselves to stay safe.
If you suspect online Child Abuse or have concerns about something that may have happened online, visit www.ceop.police.uk/digitallibrary

Staying Safe Online
As a football club, ‘Wolves’ utilises the internet to communicate in a variety of ways. It is important therefore to understand how to make use of this technology appropriately and working with the CEOP Centre and their education programme, ‘Think U Know’, will help to achieve this.