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Empowering Parents and Carers: A Must-Attend Course on Safeguarding Awareness




Today, I stand alongside our Chairman, Joe Westmacott, and our Club Secretary, Mark James, to emphasise the incredible importance of the Football Association's (FA) FREE online course on 'Safeguarding Awareness for Parents and Carers.' We believe this course is not just a recommendation but an essential step for every member of our football community.

Understanding the Course:

Before I delve into the reasons why this course is crucial, let's discuss what it covers:

  1. Child Protection: This course equips you with the knowledge to recognise signs of abuse or harm and understand your role in safeguarding the well-being of our young football stars.

  2. Online Safety: In today's digital age, online safety is paramount. The course provides essential guidance on how to protect children from potential online risks related to football.

  3. Creating a Positive Environment: We all want our young players to thrive in a positive and inclusive football environment. This course teaches you how to actively contribute to fostering a culture of respect, equality, and fairness.

  4. Communication: Effective communication is key in safeguarding. The course empowers you to engage with young players and address their concerns appropriately.

Benefits of the Course:

Now, let's talk about the compelling benefits of enrolling in this course:

  1. Empowerment: Completing this course makes you an informed and empowered member of our football community. You'll know how to support our young players while ensuring their safety.

  2. Awareness: Recognising the signs of abuse or harm is crucial for prevention. With this course, you'll be well-equipped to intervene when necessary and protect our young athletes.

  3. Enhanced Football Experience: When parents and carers are well-informed about safeguarding, it creates a positive atmosphere at matches and training sessions. It encourages a culture of respect and inclusivity, making the football experience more enjoyable for everyone.

  4. Community Building: Football is more than just a game; it's a community. By taking this course, you actively contribute to the well-being of our football family, ensuring it remains a safe and welcoming space for all.

Words from the Leadership:

Now, let's hear from our Chairman, Joe Westmacott, about the significance of this course:

"Ensuring the safety and well-being of our young players has always been at the core of our football club's values. This course is a vital step towards achieving that goal. We encourage every parent, caregiver, and member of our football community to take this course and join us in creating a secure and nurturing environment for our young talents."

And here's a word from our Club Secretary, Mark James:

"As someone who has been involved in football for decades, I can't stress enough how essential this course is. Safeguarding is not just a responsibility; it's a collective commitment we all share. Completing this course is a simple yet powerful way to contribute to the safety and well-being of our young players."

In conclusion, don't hesitate to sign up for the 'Safeguarding Awareness for Parents and Carers' course. Visit the Football Association's website, where it's available for FREE, and you can complete it at your own pace.

Together, we can make football a sport that not only excites but also protects and nurtures the potential of our young players. Let's stand united in safeguarding their future, both on and off the pitch.

Yours in football,







Steve Halls

Technical Director

CHARS Youth Football Club

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