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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 (Senior Safeguarding manager ) Andy Tye (Designated Safeguarding Officer), Brad Carter (Designated Safeguarding Officer), Head of Foundation Jon Holloway, or Head of Trustees Kirsteen Fraser (Safeguarding Lead Trustee) and you can contact these via the email links, by calling the office on (01793) 421303, or for out of hours reporting or issues, their direct numbers:

Shane: 07919112982
Andy 07951975493
Brad: 07724997331
Jon: 07966305320
Kirsteen: 07780660410

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:

Whistleblowing Policy
Complaints and Appeals Policy
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures
Privacy Policy
Use of Images Policy

Click here for all of our policy documents

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