CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY

This is a policy template for Ajman club which contains reference to procedures. The template is to be amended to meet the requirements of the club to ensure that it is consistent with current legislation for child protection & Federal Law and good practice guidance. It should be read alongside the club's safeguarding procedures. 

 

Once this document has been finalized within your organization it needs to be agreed at the UAE Child Safeguarding level within your organization and cascaded to everyone in to ensure all employees, trustees and volunteers know their responsibilities in terms of safeguarding children who access the club.

Ajman Club abides by the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and is committed to safeguarding practice that reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice requirements. 

  • We recognise the welfare of children is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take 

  • All children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation has an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse 

  • Some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues 

  • Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare

Purpose of Ajman Club: 

  • Protect children and young people who receive club’s services 

  • This includes the children of adults who use our services 

  • Provide staff and volunteers, as well as children and young people and their families with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection 

This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of Ajman club, including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers, sessional workers, agency staff and students. Failure to comply with the policy and related procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organization. 

 

Ajman Club’s attitude toward child protection & Federal Law No.3: 

Club has a very positive attitude toward the protection of child rights that all children must be provided with appropriate living standards, access to health services, education, equal opportunities in essential services and facilities without any kind of discrimination. 

Child Abuse:

Children and adults may be vulnerable to neglect and abuse or exploitation from within their family and from individuals they come across in their daily lives. There are 4 main categories of abuse, which are: sexual, physical, emotional abuse, and neglect. It is important to be aware of more specific types of abuse that fall within these categories, they are: Children’s coming under the category – Specially abled children, All the amateur players Under the age 18 years 

  •  Bullying and cyberbullying 

  •  Child sexual exploitation 

  •  Child Criminal exploitation 

  •  Child trafficking 

  •  Grooming 

  •  Online abuse

Safeguarding children: 

  •  Protecting children from maltreatment

  •  Preventing impairment of children’s health or development

  •  Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the  provision of safe and effective care

  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

Legal Framework: 

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in the UAE.  Ajman Club should have in place arrangements that reflect the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. 

 

Training and Awareness: 

Ajman Club will ensure an appropriate level of safeguarding training is available to its Trustees, Employees, Volunteers and any relevant persons linked to the organization who requires it throughout the season. 

For all employees who are working or volunteering with children, this requires them as a minimum to have awareness training that enables them to: 

  • Understand what safeguarding is and their role in safeguarding children 

  • Recognize a child potentially in need of safeguarding and take action

  • Understand how to report a safeguarding alert

  • Understand dignity and respect when working with children

  • Have knowledge of the Safeguarding Children Policy

 

For children training at the club: 

  • Making ground posters that #Child friendly club# as tagline 

  • Establishing a complaint box in 2 areas of the club that any child can come and fearlessly right what the problem is. Box will be opened every week by CSO and check for the complaints and take steps to fix it 

  • Weekly Open Meetings with team manager 

  • Welcoming new amateur players to the team 

  • Sessions about respecting every individual 

  • Encourage debates and develop their ideas 

  • Show appreciations each other 

  • Setting ground rules to stick together and maintain everywhere 

  • Club also had taken steps regarding sending a Postal survey questionnaire to every player Under 18 to be filled by their parents and to bring it back before the season end

 

Confidentiality and Information Sharing: 

Ajman Club expects all employees, volunteers and trustees to maintain confidentiality. Information will only be shared with the Child Safety Officer and Administration through email. However, information should be shared with the Local Authority if a child is deemed to be at risk of harm or contact the police if they are in immediate danger, or a crime has been committed. 

Recording and Record Keeping: 

A written record must be kept about any concern regarding a Child with safeguarding needs. This must include details of the person involved, the nature of the concern and the actions taken, decisions made and why they were made. All records must be signed and dated. All records must be securely and confidentially stored in Administration. 

Safe Recruitment & Selection: 

Ajman Club is committed to safe employment and safe recruitment practices that reduce the risk of harm to children from people unsuitable to work with them or have contact with them. Ajman Club has policies and procedures that cover the recruitment of all Trustees, employees and volunteers. [Good standing certificate from previous job / Police clearance certificate]. 

Social Media: 

All employees and volunteers should be aware of Ajman club’s social media policy and procedures and the code of conduct for behavior towards the children. Not amended to share photos, videos, and documents without the consent from the parents or legal authorities responsible 

 

Use of Mobile Phones and other Digital Technology: 

All employees, trustees and volunteers should be aware of Ajman club’s policy and procedures regarding the use of mobile phones and any digital technology and understand that it is unlawful to photograph children and young people without the explicit consent of the person with parental responsibilities. 

Whistleblowing: 

It is important that people within Ajman clubs have the confidence to come forward to speak or act if they are unhappy with anything. Whistle blowing occurs when a person raises a concern about dangerous or illegal activity, or any wrong- doing within their organization. This includes concerns about another employee or volunteer. There is also a requirement by Ajman Clubs to protect whistleblowers.

            Child Safeguarding Evaluation Form

            Health and Happiness Evaluation Form

 

*Kindly send your evaluation forms to info@ajmanc.ae