Huddersfield Town Association Football Club Limited (This incorporates the Academy, Huddersfield Town Foundation, charity number 1146501 and Huddersfield Town Women and will be referred to throughout the document as the Club) endorses and promotes Affiliated Football’s Safeguarding Policy and Procedures and endorses and adopts the principles of the Policy statement contained in that document alongside any additional guidance provided by the Leagues.

Policy Statement

The Club believes that the general well-being and welfare of all children, young persons and adults at risk who are involved with the Club in any way, is of paramount importance. Therefore, the Club will provide a safe setting for any child or young person under the age of 18 or adult at risk. It encourages best practice in safeguarding children and adults at risk matters in a spirit of partnership and openness with all children, adults at risk, their families/carers, and local agencies.

The Club will promote good outcomes in terms of health, development and educational achievement alongside football and sporting excellence. It will encourage everyone working for the Club to recognise the significance and value of ethnic and cultural diversity.

Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone who has contact with children, young people and vulnerable groups, we are dedicated to providing a positive environment, enjoyable experiences and to protect from harm. The Club safeguarding policy provides details of different types of abuse, guidance on identifying issues and procedures and support for staff and volunteers.

Mandatory legislation and best practice underpin the activities which are available at the Club and this policy will help to ensure that responses to activities and issues are consistent considering local authority guidance, law and individual needs across our community.

A child or young person is anyone who has not reached their 18th birthday.

A person is defined as an ‘adult at risk’ if they are:
18 years or older
In need of care and support (whether or not they get any) because of their age, disability, illness, mental health needs, drug or alcohol misuse and
As a result of their care and support needs are unable to protect themselves from harm.

Huddersfield Town AFC endorses the principles of promoting equality and celebrating diversity, and will strive to ensure that everyone who is involved in the Club whether as a player, match-day fan, member of staff, member of the Board, a participant in outreach programmes, or in any other capacity:

– Has a genuine and equal opportunity to participate to the full extent of their own ambitions and abilities, without regard to any protected characteristic as defined in the Equality Act 2010: age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status (including same sex marriage), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation; and,

– Can be assured of an environment in which their rights, dignity and individual worth are respected, and in particular that they are able to enjoy their engagement at the Club without the threat of discrimination, intimidation, victimisation, harassment, bullying and abuse.

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