We have a responsibility to keep all children and young people safe.

Child protection is high priority at Sheffield United Community Foundation. We focus on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how we to respond to concerns about a child.

Download our Child Safeguarding Policy  or  Download our Adult Safeguarding Policy

Sheffield United Community Foundation will always support you and your children.

Safeguarding Children & Adult at Risk Policy Statement

The Foundation believes that all children and adult at risk whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief or sexual identity, have the right to protection from harm at all times. This commitment does not cease once a child reaches the age of 18.

The Foundation also believes that concern for the general wellbeing and welfare of all children, young persons and adult at risk who are working with them in a number of different capacities is of paramount importance and will provide a setting which has a proper concern for safeguarding and protection.

Foundation staff who work with children, young people and adults at risk in a number of settings, have a responsibility to keep them safe and we will seek to respond to that responsibility by encouraging best practice in Safeguarding matters. The Foundation aims to promote and support good outcomes in terms of health, development and educational achievement alongside football and sporting activity. It also recognises the significance of ethical and cultural diversity.

It is the duty of all people working for the Foundation to safeguard the welfare of the children, and adult at risk we work with by reporting any concerns about possible harm or abuse that is discovered or suspected. The Foundation will ensure that appropriate steps are taken to protect children and adult at risk from neglect and physical, sexual or emotional harm and abuse.

Our people will at all times, show respect for and understanding of the rights, safety and welfare of the children and adult at risk who participate in our programmes and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the Foundation.

We do this by:

Ensuring that all our people who have unsupervised access to children and adult at risk are appropriately checked for their suitability;

Undertaking appropriate risk assessments and taking all necessary steps to minimise and manage risks;

Letting parents, children and adult at risk know how to voice concerns or complaints about anything they may be unhappy or concerned about;

Giving parents, children and adult at risk access to information about the Foundation, how we work and what can be expected from us and ensuring that all those who use our services have access to our safeguarding policies and know who the Safeguarding Officer is. Sheffield United Community Foundation’s Community College has teamed up with digital mental healthcare provider, Kooth.

Kooth offers free online support for young people that need it. The platform provides a service where young people can access counselling support anonymously from 12pm-10pm weekdays and 6pm-10pm weekends every day of the year. Kooth users will also have access to self-help articles and online tools such as mood and goal-setting trackers and moderated peer-to-peer forums. For more information about Kooth please visit: