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What is Safeguarding?

31 July 2012

Explanation, aims and key principles

The overall concern of Safeguarding at Reading Football Club surrounds keeping children well as young people and vulnerable adults.

Reading FC prides itself on being a warm, welcoming, family club that works closely with the community. Safeguarding is an integral aspect of maintaining and improving this reputation - which the club will work hard to achieve.

Aims and key principles

• To safeguard all children and young people who interact with the Club.
• To demonstrate best practice in the area of safeguarding children.
• To develop a positive and proactive welfare programme to enable all children and young people to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment.
• To promote high ethical standards throughout. 

The key principles underpinning this policy are:
• The child’s or young person’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, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual identity.
• All allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to efficiently and appropriately.
• To ensure that staff, coaches, parents and other adults who come in contact with children and young people provide good role models of behaviour.

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