Below is set out Preston North End's Vulnerable Persons Protection Policy.
Preston North End Football Club believes that the general well being and welfare of all children, young persons and vulnerable adults, who are involved with the club in any way, is of paramount importance. Therefore the club provides a safe setting for any child, young person under the age of 18 or vulnerable adult. It encourages best practice in child protection matters in a spirit of partnership and openness with all children, young person under the age of 18 and vulnerable adults, their families and local agencies.
The club promotes the health, development and educational achievement of children, young persons and vulnerable adults alongside football and sporting excellence. It recognises that children, young person under the age of 18 or vulnerable adults have a right to be protected regardless of age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial and ethnic origin or religion.
How This Is Achieved
The club has a designated person in each of its main sections. Any issue is referred to the appropriate designated person. There are detailed policies and procedures governing vulnerable persons protection at the club - these are listed below and copies of each one are available on request:
- Club-wide operational policy
- Child Protection Policy
- Parental consent for photography and video recording
- Vulnerable Persons Policy
- Community Programme
- Anti-bullying policy
- Procedures for dealing with racist incidents
Each policy contains measures for promoting best practice and describes appropriate and sensitive procedures for investigating any concerns or allegations.
All potential staff and volunteers at Preston North End Football Club involved with children are checked as to their suitability to work with children. The procedures specified by The Football Association and EFL are followed closely along with those stipulated by the local Safeguarding Children Board.
Those staff and volunteers working directly with children or supervising and training those doing so, undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. Further, staff and volunteers working at the club regularly undergo training for the FA Safeguarding Children qualification.