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Danny Grant Soccer School (DGSS) Safeguarding Policies

 

After-School Football Classes & Weekly Training/Matches

  • All DGSS football coaches have advanced DBS certificates, as well as Safeguarding training.

  • Payment is made in advance, on a termly basis – we do not offer make-up classes, credits or refunds for any sessions missed, or for cancellation.

  • We take photos of children participating in our sessions for use on DGSS material. We never include children's names or personal information.

 

Covid-19/Strep A/General Illness

  • Parents must inform DGSS immediately if their child has become unwell, including symptoms of Covid-19 or Strep A. 

  • If the football coach becomes ill, they will not come to the venue. DGSS will provide a replacement football coach or postpone/credit the missed session(s).

  • If a child becomes ill or develops symptoms of Covid/Strep A during a session, the football coach will contact the parents for immediate collection.

 

Holiday Camps

Health & Safety

  • Before the start of a camp, if a child is unwell, or has symptoms of Covid-19 or Strep A, parents must inform DGSS immediately. The child is not permitted to join the camp.

  • While camps are in attendance, parents must inform DGSS immediately if their child is unwell. The child should not continue to attend from this point.

  • If a child cannot attend as above, we will provide a credit note for any full, unspent days, at DGSS's discretion. Credit notes are non-transferrable. We do not offer refunds.

  • If a DGSS staff member becomes unwell they will not come to the venue.

  • Adequate hand washing and drying facilities will be provided, including soap, warm water, paper towels and bins for safe disposal.

  • DGSS staff will wash their hands upon arrival and exit and will carry an anti-bacterial hand sanitiser and tissues for use during the session.

  • DGSS staff will oversee children effectively washing their hands upon arrival and throughout the day as required.

  • Strep A Action Plan:

  • The camp will take place in a well-ventilated Sports Hall.

  • Children will also play outside, on the all-weather pitches; please ensure that you provide warm, outdoor sport clothing each day. Please name all items of clothing, as many children wear the same size and have the same items! In this way, we can make sure that the correct items go home with the correct owners. This includes gloves, hats, fleeces, hoodies, jackets and coats, and skins.

  • Children will be encouraged to wash and sanitise their hands regularly throughout the day.

  • All equipment will be sanitised regularly between use.

  • We ask parents/carers to support this plan, as follows:

  • If your child has a sore throat, rash or high temperature before the start of the camp, please do not bring them to the camp.

  • During the camp if your child wakes up in the morning with any of the above symptoms, please do not bring them to the camp and notify DGSS.

  • If a child becomes unwell during the camp, DGSS staff will notify parents immediately.

  • For all of the above, we will provide credit notes, pro-rata, for all full, unspent days, which will be valid for a year

  • All children are taken on regular toilet breaks and our staff are on hand to help the children wash and dry their hands as necessary.

  • ​All children must be fully toilet trained and able to use the toilet facilities independently. Our staff do not enter the toilet cubicle and cannot provide intimate care. Children cannot attend the camp wearing nappies or pull-ups.

  • If a child is tearful at drop-off, and is in distress at being left, DGSS staff will do their very best to encourage positively the child to stay. We ask that parents/carers assist and encourage the separation process. However, if after a period of time the child remains upset despite our best efforts, we will suggest that they try again on day two of the camp. If the same issues occur on the second day, we will offer a credit note, valid for year, to use on a future camp. Please note, credit notes are non-transferrable. 

  • Extreme weather policy: if there is a heatwave, with very hot weather, please be assured that the children will be kept cool and hydrated. Children will not play outside but will instead by in a well-ventilated, breezy Sports Hall for the duration of the camp. Children will have their water bottles with them at all times and will be reminded to drink throughout the day. We have also scheduled frequent breaks for water and their bottles will be topped up regularly. Please do not be alarmed if your child's water bottle is full at the end of the day, this is where it has been replenished. Please ensure that children are wearing sunscreen and have sunhats for when they leave the camp. Our staff will check regularly that no-one is suffering in the heat, or feels poorly. Our games and activities will be appropriate for the extreme weather.

 

Lunch and Snack Time

  • Parents must provide named nut-free packed-lunches, snacks, and drinks. Please ensure your child’s name is clearly visible on their items as many children have the same/similar lunchboxes and containers. Please ensure that food items such as grapes, sausages and cherry tomatoes are sliced as they are a choking hazard if eaten whole.

  • Parents must provide all food and drink in named packets or containers that can be opened and closed by your child. DGSS staff will always endeavour to help the children with their belongings, but please ensure your child’s practises opening their own items beforehand, to minimise contact with their items.

  • Children will eat lunch / have playtime with the other children in their group.

 

DGSS database and email communication
 

  • By completing an online booking form or reservation form, your details will be added to our email database. This is used to communicate information about the camp your child is booked on to, and also inform you of any upcoming camps. Please email info@dgsoccer.co.uk if you wish to be removed from the database once your child has completed the camp. 

  • We take photos of children participating in our camps for use on DGSS material. We never include children's names or personal information.

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