Watford FC’s Community Sports & Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults.

We believe that involvement in Trust activities must never leave participants open to any form of abuse.  We have comprehensive safeguarding policies and procedures in place which meet the requirements of the football bodies and statutory authorities.

By adhering to our policies, procedures and recommended standards we enable children, young people and vulnerable adults to participate in Trust activities in a welcoming, safe, fun and inclusive environment.

We are aware of cases which have been reported in the media involving professional football clubs and we want to reassure you that we are not being complacent.  Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and we take the role we have to play very seriously.  We are committed to the continuous review of our policies and procedures and will make any necessary improvements, to ensure that we minimise any risk as much as we can.

If you do have any concerns in relation to safeguarding then please do not hesitate in contacting any of the following Trust/Club safeguarding personnel:

Rob Clarke (Head of Skills and Safeguarding, Trust)

Email: rob.clarke@watfordfc.com

Tel: 01923 496256

Kim Pearce (Head of Safeguarding, Watford FC)

Email: kim.pearce@watfordfc.com                                                                  

Tel: 01923 496246                                            

Alternatively contact:

Premier League – Premier League Safeguarding Team can be contacted by emailing safeguarding@premierleague.com or by calling 0207 864 9000 for advice, to raise a concern or to help you get in touch with your Club’s Safeguarding Team.

The FA - The Football Association is English football's governing body. Visit their website to learn more about safeguarding in football www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/safeguarding. Safeguarding concerns can be reported to The FA's Safeguarding Team by emailing safeguarding@thefa.com

Think You Know - Visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk for advice on internet safety and safe surfing. You can contact them confidentially if something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, if you are worried about somebody else or to report online abuse.

Childline - Childline is a free and confidential service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday. They are available any time, day or night. You can contact them by phone, by email or through their 1-2-1 counsellor chat service. Visit their website for further advice or support www.childline.org.uk.

NSPCC - Adults can contact the NSPCC helpline by calling 0808 800 5000 or by emailing help@nspcc.org.uk to get advice or share their concerns about a child, anonymously if they wish. Trained professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In an emergency and/or if someone is in immediate danger, call the Police on 999 (101 for non-emergencies).

Prevent – Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of contest, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism www.ltai.info