Spurs launches child protection policy

Tottenham Hotspur Football Cub has launched a child protection policy promoting a clear code of conduct for staff who deal with children.

The policy is based on best practice, and is intended to supplement Criminal Records Bureau checks which are carried out when staff are recruited.

It has been endorsed by the club’s directors, the Premier League and the Haringey Area Child Protection Committee.

The club now has a child protection staff handbook, with information for everyone who works with children, whether they are coaches, physios, scouts, matchday stewards, security or administrative staff.

Sporting director Frank Arnesen said: “At Tottenham Hotspur we are privileged to have approximately 300,000 children and young people come through our Academy and our Tottenham Hotspur Community Programme every year.

“We recognise the positive impact that football has on young people and continue to strive to help children to fulfil their potential, regardless of background or disability.

“However, this can only be achieved if they are encouraged and in a safe environment.

“I expect those in the club to have a real passion for the welfare of children and promote the highest standards when in contact with young people. I will not compromise on this,” Arnesen added.

Councillor Kate Wynne, executive member for social services and health at Haringey Council, said: “The guidelines meet child protection national guidance and pan-London procedures on child protection, and have been endorsed by the Haringey Council and the Area Child Protection Committee.”

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