JENNY COLES AYLSHAM FC – CLUB WELFARE OFFICER
I live in Aylsham with my husband and have three sons – two that attend Aylsham schools and one at college. My middle son has played for Aylsham since he was 6.
I became involved with the club when I began to help manage his team. He has since changed Aylsham teams and I am now liaison rep for his team as well as club Welfare Officer.
I work as Link room Officer at Aylsham High School helping with pastoral support, inclusion and students mental well being. Over the last 11 years at Aylsham High school I have gained experience in safeguarding and supporting young people throughout many different situations.
I have been a Welfare Officer for the last three years and was joined by Charlotte Reed to help support safeguarding within the club.
Our roles includes ensuring that all volunteers, managers and coaches complete the required Criminal Records Check and if any issues are raised through this process, they are dealt with in conjunction with the Football Association and Norfolk FA’s Child Protection Officer.
We are also the first point of contact for any concerns regarding the welfare of children involved with AFC. It is very rare that concerns are raised but as a club we see it as very important that the relevant processes are in place to deal promptly and sensitively to any problems.
All (CWO’s) have to attend a Welfare Officer Workshop which is certified for 3 years by the Football Association and this workshop relates solely to safeguarding children and young people in football. This covers the “Child Protection Policy, Procedures and Implementation Guidance for Grassroots Football”. In addition, all managers and coaches attend regular safeguarding courses.
-Jenny. Mobile: 07769 179070 E-Mail: Mrsjccoles@btinternet.com
Aylsham Football Club Child Protection Policy
Aylsham Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any club football activity. We subscribe to The Football Association’s child protection and best practice policy and procedures and endorse and adopt the policy statement contained in that document.
The key principles of The FA child protection policy are that:
The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration.
All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation
All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents or carers is essential.
I would invite any players, parents, volunteers, coaches or managers to contact me at anytime to discuss any issues or concerns in confidence.
Here are some useful points of reference should you ever need them: CEOP (Child Exploitation) https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ and Childline childline.org.uk Tel 0800 1111.