At Seaton United FC the welfare of our players and volunteers is paramount.  All coaches are required to complete the FA Safeguarding qualification and behave appropriately, within the codes of conduct of the club.

Safeguarding our players

All coaches will regard the welfare of players as a priority and will follow the clubs procedures if there are any concerns.  Any concerns that coaches, parents or players have can be raised with any of the three welfare officers (Sarah Moat, Kevin Moat or Matthew McGuire) who have completed the FA Welfare Officer Workshop.

Seaton United Welfare Officer contact details

Sarah Moat – 07549038542 / sarahjmoat@gmail.com

Kevin Moat – 07565374823 / kevinsmoat@gmail.com

Matthew McGuire – 07894507802 / mattmcguire06@hotmail.co.uk

Any concerns will be dealt with in accordance with the training completed by the Welfare Officers and advice will be sought from Durham County FA where necessary.

If you are unhappy with how your concerns are dealt with, you may escalate your concerns by going directly to Durham County FA.  Contact Richard Hughes, the Durham County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer on Richard.Hughes@DurhamFA.com

The FA also have a Whistle-blowing Policy. Whistle-blowing can be used as an early warning system or when it’s recognised that appropriate actions have not been taken. This approach or policy is adopted in many different walks of life.

It is about revealing and raising concerns over misconduct or malpractice within an organisation or within an independent structure associated with it.

Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can also use whistle-blowing 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

Safeguarding our coaches

All of our coaches and committee members are volunteers.  The committee will not tolerate abusive behaviour towards any of our volunteers and action may be taken on the advice of Durham FA.

Links to our codes of conduct can be found below:

Coaches code of conduct

Parent and spectator code of conduct

Player code of conduct