RESPECT & Safeguarding
Whilst the return to football is an exciting time, we appreciate that it's not been easy and as a Club, we want to support all our players, coaches and teams as best we can. While many families have coped well during lockdown, others may not have and for some children the experience will have been very difficult. You may be one of the first people outside the family unit that a child has met in recent times.
It’s important you know that some children may be struggling for various reasons, including:
• Lacking confidence, as they have felt cut off from their friends;
• Being confused and stressed about how to behave because of social distancing;
• They or someone they care about may have been or still be unwell;
• They may still be grieving because someone they love has died;
• Hearing that people from BAME communities may be more vulnerable to COVID-19;
• They may have been neglected emotionally and/or physically – through lack of food and/or care;
• Children with learning disabilities may find it particularly confusing, as their routine has changed.
Now more than ever, your role in safeguarding as a coach or parent is massively important. Do lean on the CWOs in the club for advice if you are concerned or worried about any child in your team or need additional support.