Whistle Blowing Policy

(Reviwed and updated 2nd June 2021)

Whistle blowing can be used as an early warning system or when it’s recognised that appropriate actions have not been taken. This could mean you are not happy with the outcome of a complaint within the club.

Any adult or young person with concerns about a child, colleague or member of Cranbrook Juniors FC staff can also use whistle blowing. If standards ever fall short with poor practice or unacceptable behaviour, there’s a framework in place to make sure we can deal with it. By reporting a concern, you can help us make sure that the youth game stays safe and strong. It is about revealing and raising concerns over misconduct or malpractice within the club or within any structure associated with it.

Cranbrook Juniors FC will ensure that any member of staff who makes a disclosure in such circumstances will not be penalised or suffer any adverse treatment for doing so. Anonymous complaints will be investigated and acted upon as the person receiving the complaint sees fit, having regard to the seriousness of the issue raised, the credibility of the complaint, the prospects of being able to investigate the matter, and fairness to any individual mentioned in the complaint.

Raising a concern can be done via the Club Welfare Officer (CWO), to the league or County FA or by calling 0800 169 1863 and asking for The FA’s safeguarding team, or via email on: safeguarding@TheFA.com.

Alternatively, you can go direct the Police or Children’s Social Care and report your concerns there, or to the Child Protection in Sport Unit via cpsu@nspcc.org.uk or the NSPCC Helpline via 0808 800 5000 or by emailing help@nspcc.org.uk

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