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Child Welfare Policy

Hong Kong Football Club Junior Soccer acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all of its members.

The key principles of The Child Welfare Policy are that:

  • The child’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, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
  • Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents/carers is essential

We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse. Hong Kong Football Club Junior Soccer recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in Junior Soccer.

Hong Kong Football Club Junior Soccer has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying.

All Junior Soccer coaches with direct access to children and young people will be required to undergo a criminal records check with the Hong Kong Police Force.

Hong Kong Football Club Junior Soccer has appointed a qualified Child Welfare Officer (“CWO”)to work with the Junior Soccer Committee. The first point of contact for all coaches regarding concerns for the welfare of any child or young person will be the Steve Fennelly, the Child Welfare Officer. If you become aware of poor practice (involving breaches of the Club’s Codes of Practice) and/or possible abuse situation:

  • Stay calm
  • If a child or young person is present reassure him or her they are not to blame
  • Don’t make promises of confidentiality of outcome
  • Keep questions to a minimum