First Touch FC Limited is dedicated to provide children with the opportunity to develop their passion for sports. We are a group of passionate and inspiring individuals who prioritize the safety and well-being of the children and young people we serve. This policy statement outlines our commitment to child protection and sets out the principles that guide our approach.

  1. Purpose: The purpose of this policy statement is:
  • To safeguard children and young people who receive services from First Touch FC Limited.
  • To extend this safeguarding to include the children of adults who use our services.
  • To provide staff, volunteers, children, young people, and their families with the overarching principles that shape our approach to child protection.
  • This policy applies to all individuals working on behalf of First Touch FC Limited, including senior managers, paid staff, volunteers, sessional workers, and students.
  1. Legal Framework: This policy has been developed based on legislation, policy, and guidance aimed at protecting children in England. A summary of key legislation and guidance can be found at

Our Beliefs and Recognition:

  • Children and young people should never experience any form of abuse.
  • We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, keep them safe, and operate in a manner that protects them.

We Recognize:

  • The welfare of children is paramount in all our work and decision-making.
  • Working in partnership with children, young people, parents, carers, and other agencies is essential for promoting their welfare.
  • All children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, have an equal right to protection from harm or abuse.
  • Some children may be additionally vulnerable due to past experiences, dependency levels, communication needs, or other factors, requiring extra safeguards.
  • We must take additional measures to ensure the safety of these additionally vulnerable children.

We are Committed to Keeping Children and Young People Safe by:

  • Valuing, listening to, and respecting them.
  • Appointing a nominated child protection lead for children and young people.
  • Adopting child protection and safeguarding best practices through our policies, procedures, and code of conduct for staff and volunteers.
  • Developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related procedures.
  • Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training, and quality assurance measures, ensuring adherence to our policies, procedures, and behavior codes.
  • Conducting safe recruitment and selection processes, including necessary checks.
  • Professionally and securely recording, storing, and using information in accordance with data protection legislation and guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office.
  • Sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with children, young people, and their families through various channels.
  • Ensuring children, young people, and their families know how and where to seek help if they have concerns.
  • Sharing concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, involving children, young people, parents, families, and carers appropriately.
  • Managing allegations against staff and volunteers promptly and appropriately.
  • Maintaining an anti-bullying environment and implementing procedures to effectively address any incidents of bullying.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective complaints and whistleblowing mechanisms.
  • Providing a safe physical environment for children, young people, staff, and volunteers by adhering to health and safety regulations.
  • Cultivating a safeguarding culture where all individuals involved treat each other with respect and feel comfortable sharing concerns.

NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000

We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually to ensure the ongoing safety and well-being of children and young people.