The Football League is responsible for setting the standards, values and expectations of all Clubs in relation to equality, inclusion and diversity. Football is for everyone; it belongs to, and should be enjoyed by anyone who wants to participate in it, whether as a player, official, staff member or spectator.
The aim of Oldham Athletic Equality Policy is to promote our own equality objectives and in doing so, help to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect. All Oldham Athletic representatives should abide and adhere to this Policy and to the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. In doing so, we are working towards being legally compliant in relation to equality legislation.
THE KEY PRINCIPLES OF THIS POLICY ARE:
- 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, religious beliefs or sexual orientation
- Develop promote and review ways of protecting this group of children and young people from discrimination, abuse, exploitation, or treatment which degrades them
- All concerns and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to appropriately
- Working in partnership with other organisations, e.g. Police and Children’s Social Care, The Football Authorities, children and young people and their parents/carers is essential. Guidance from The Football Authorities, The Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and Government Guidance or in light of any serious safeguarding incident.
The staff and volunteers of Oldham Athletic (2004) AFC Ltd are not experts in recognising child abuse. It is therefore expected that if any person at the club has a concern about the welfare of a child they will discuss their concerns with the Child Protection Officer (CPO) who is the person designated within the club to deal with child protection matters.