Safeguarding Children

Coach with children

Crystal Palace Football Club acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We will comply with all statutory obligations including the Working Together to Safeguard Children Act (2015) and section 11 and we are committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory requirements and responsibilities, government guidance, recognised best practice and complies with Premier league and football league rules.

The club expects all staff, players, volunteers, contractors and guests to share this commitment. The club employs a trained Club-wide Head of Safeguarding and has designated safeguarding officers who implement, maintain and monitor best practice across the club. Our Head of Safeguarding also sits on and works closely with the Croydon Local Safeguarding Children Board.

The Palace for Life Foundation is fully integrated into the Club’s safeguarding provision. The Foundation regularly engages with high risk participants on programs and projects. There is an awareness of potential danger for coaches and participants that is carefully risk assessed before to ensure the staff have the correct level of expertise and there is adequate supervision ratios.

Disability Officer Keon Richardson talking to Ruairi during the DS Eagles' match against Millwall DS Lions

The Foundation works in partnership with a number of agencies who are specialists in a particular field such as education, mental health and law enforcement. Those partnerships complement the activities being delivered, but also ensure that risk is better managed by understanding potential issues of a particular group. All staff have received safeguarding training and all staff must update their safeguarding certificates every three years. All staff and sessional coaches undertake an enhanced DBS check and this must be refreshed every 3 years.

The Premier League monitors Club compliance with its safeguarding children and adults at risk (vulnerable groups) and safer recruitment Rules throughout each Season through regular compliance visits. Clubs are expected to provide robust and consistent evidence that is truly representative of their safeguarding provision.

Read our Safeguarding Children Policy here

Read our Adults at Risk Safeguarding Policy here

Read the Crystal Palace FC Children Safeguarding Policy here

For any Safeguarding queries or concerns please contact:

Soye Briggs – Strategic Lead (soyebriggs@palaceforlife.org)
Duncan Robinson – Operational Lead (duncanrobinson@palaceforlife.org)