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Why Safeguarding is So Important

Our Commitment to Safeguarding

Because of the nature of our work, we at the Swindon Town FC Community Foundation never underestimate the importance of safeguarding, or our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child, young person and vulnerable adult who have been entrusted to our care. We are fully committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members. 

Every child, young person or vulnerable adult who plays or participates in sport with the Foundation should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and has the right to protection from abuse and exploitation. This is why the Foundation works to ensure that safeguarding is the responsibility of every adult in our organisation.

If you have any concerns or need to report an incident, our designated safeguarding officers are Shane Hewlett (Designated Safeguarding Officer) and Kirsteen Fraser (Senior Safeguarding Manager) and you can contact these via the email links, or by calling (01793) 421303.

To ensure that safeguarding is paramount across the Foundation, our aims are as follows:

  • The child/​vulnerable adult, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/​or sexual identity has the right to protection from abuse.
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • All staff are recruited and checked in accordance with safer recruitment processes.
  • All staff (paid/​unpaid) working for Swindon Town Football in the Community Trust have a responsibility to report concerns. All staff are given the appropriate level of training to deal with situations that may occur and have the support required to report their concerns/​suspicions.
  • All staff, working with children/​vulnerable adults are suitably accredited and all coaches/​volunteers adequately qualified and checked through the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS).

The safety and welfare of the child and/​or vulnerable adult is paramount.

Please take time to read and familiarise yourselves with the following safeguarding policies:

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults in Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure
Whistleblowing Policy
Complaints and Appeals Policy

Click here for all of our policy documents

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