CHILD PROTECTION

STATEMENT FROM THE CHAIRMAN

As a community-based organisation, Keith Football Club understands its influence on young people in our local community. Running a popular Youth Academy as well as a growing Community Development Scheme allows us to offer a positive influence on youngsters in the Moray and Aberdeenshire area. This is something we are very proud of, as football can help develop valuable life skills, including leadership, teamworking, and most importantly the adoption and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.

Our priority is the welfare of all children and young people participating in our activities, and the club has adopted a Safeguarding Policy to protect children and young people from harm.

We are fully committed to promoting, supporting and safeguarding the wellbeing of all children in our care. We recognise the child’s rights to protection from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury and abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, as provided by Article 19 of the UNCRC. ‘Child protection’ means protecting a child from child abuse or neglect, as stated within the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014.

We have a reputation as an open, welcoming club, with family and community values, and the safety and enjoyment of young people are central to both our reputation and values.