Stockport Cosmos Safeguarding and Welfare

Our aim is to make sure we have appropriate safeguards in our club, it is important everyone is aware of our safeguarding children policy and the procedures for reporting a concern about the welfare of a child. Our designated safeguarding officer Heather Edgerton will be able to advise you, but if you want to find out more about how to increase your understanding of safeguarding in football why not familiarise yourself with the clubs safeguarding policies.

Every affiliated club and league with youth teams must have in place a Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures and have all their coaches DBS checked as a minimum.

As you know RESPECT is The Football Association’s direct response to a clear message from the grassroots game. We must improve standards of behaviour – on and off the field. Parental behaviour is one of the main reasons why young players drop out of the game. Poor behaviour by coaches, parents and players towards referees means that thousands of officials are dropping out each season.

RESPECT is aimed at helping us all to work together to change the negative attitudes and unacceptable behaviour on the side-lines and on the pitch. It’s a long-term commitment.

Having a club Welfare Officer (CWO) we have the chance to make a significant contribution to creating positive change.

The role of the CWO is key to ensuring that Respect is understood, taken on board by the committee, coaches/managers members and supporters.

We have safeguarding and welfare policies in place at Stockport Cosmos along with an anti bullying policy and codes of conduct for all players, parents, coaches and spectators.