Child Protection Policy


Child Protection Policy


As an organisation, Essex Playing Fields Association does not in the normal course of its activities come into direct contact with children.  However, many of our aims and objectives involve the provision, maintenance and improvement of facilities for the benefit of young people, and providing assistance and advice to those organisations that are specifically responsible for their well-being.

We recognise that the welfare of those children is paramount and that all children have equal rights of protection, and we take all reasonable steps to ensure that those organisations with whom we deal have themselves appropriate Child Protection Policies in place along with a designated Child Protection Officer.  We shall not knowingly support or involve ourselves with any organisation that is disinclined to produce evidence of such policies and Officer when required.

From time to time our work entails practical involvement with clubs or organisations in matters of coaching or training children in various sporting activities.  It is a prerequisite that any volunteer coaches or trainers who involve themselves with such clubs or organisations in the name of Essex Playing Fields Association can provide the Association with written evidence of:

• A valid CRB check
• A qualification appropriate to the level of coaching or training that the activity concerned demands.

In the event that any of our volunteer coaches or trainers witnesses or had disclosed to him/her abuse of children, whether physical or verbal, and whether by children or adults, he/she will be obliged to share the information immediately with the Child Protection Officer of the club or organisation concerned and take every possible action to ensure that the matter is referred to social services or the police as appropriate.