It seems the right time to reinforce our club commitment to safeguarding all of the children who train and play with us here at Duki Tigers. Recent press coverage of historical abuse in football reminds us that those who lead groups of children and young people need to not only be committed to developing children’s football, but also committed to treating those children and young people with the utmost care and respect.
In case you didn’t know, all of our squads have at least 1 coach who is trained to at least FA Level 1 standard. This involves 4 days of training, not only learning about coaching, but also safeguarding and first aid. If coaches don’t complete the Level 1 qualification, they must attend a 3 hour safeguarding training workshop. In addition to this, all coaches and other volunteers involved in working with our teams have checks completed by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to ensure that they are suitable to work with children.
There is also a club welfare officer who offers support and advice to our volunteers, parents and children. Her name is Michelle Lanigan and she can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further details, please see our safeguarding policy, available on this website https://dukinfieldtigers.com/documents-downloads/
The FA have also released a short video:
In regards to the recently highlighted cases of historical abuse, the FA have also asked us to point out the dedicated NSPCC helpline that they have have commissioned to help encourage more people to come forward. That phone number is 0800 023 2642.
Let’s ALL make sure that children and young people ENJOY their football in a SAFE environment. Everyone at Duki Tigers is committed to this.