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Every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in football, thus this little league is required to endorse and adhere to The Football Association’s Safeguarding Children policy.


SLL recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. SLL is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all children and young people to participate in the sport to the best of their abilities for as long as they choose to do so. The Safeguarding Children Policy is supported by The FA’s Respect programme to address verbal abuse and bullying of youngsters by parents and coaches on the sidelines.


SLL Safeguarding Children policy principles are that:


•  The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration.


•  All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, faith or sexual orientation.


•  All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and        appropriately.


•  Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents and carers is essential.


SLL is committed to working in partnership with the Police, Children’s Services Departments, and Local
Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCB) in accordance with their procedures. This is essential to enable our organisation carry out our statutory duties to investigate concerns and protect all children and young people.


The Football Association’s Safeguarding Children Policy is in response to government legislation and guidance, developed to safeguard the welfare and development of children and young people.


Policy on Taking Photographs & Videos of Children:

There has been much talk about who is allowed to take pictures of children under 18 playing sport and in particular what parents/carers are permitted to do. It is not an offense to take appropriate photographs in a public place even if asked not to do so.
Sutton Little League has adopted the guidelines issued by The FA and, through use of the guidelines, encourages the taking of appropriate images of children in football. 
The guidelines have been developed to help avoid unsuitable use of images and the identification of children either through accompanied personal information or inappropriate circumstances. It is important to remember that the vast majority of images are taken in good faith and that common sense considerations are needed to ensure everyone’s safety.


Some DO's and DON’Ts from the guidelines:

Do focus on the activity rather than the individual.

Do ensure all those featured are appropriately dressed.
Do ensure you have parental consent if the image is to be used in the public domain (e.g. website or newspaper article). 

Don’t publish photographs with the full name of individuals featured (unless there is written consent).

To download the FA guidelines on the taking of photographs and videos use the following link:


If you need help, advice or want to discuss this or similar matters, please contact  the SLL Child Welfare Officers.

To report potentially unlawful materials on the internet please contact:

The Internet Watch Foundation
Telephone:  01223 237700

The FA’s Case Management Team
Telephone:  0207 745 4787

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