The new policy outlines the Club’s intent to safeguard the children who come in to contact with the Club every season. It also includes a new child protection staff handbook to promote a clear code of conduct and further information for everyone working with children whether they are coaches, physios, scouts, matchday stewards, security or administrative staff.
Sporting Director Frank Arnesen commented: “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.
“In recognition of our proactive commitment to child protection, last year we became the first football Club in England to hold a position on the Area Child Protection Committee (ACPC). This appointment and the launch of our new Child Protection Policy further demonstrate our complete commitment to the protection of children in our care.”
Kathryn Robinson, our Director of Community Development commented: “250,000 children last year benefited from our community scheme in a number of different ways, including football coaching courses and our education schemes.
"We want the needs of young people to be at the centre of our work, and will always provide access to appropriate facilities and qualified coaching. By Promoting and executing our Child Protection Policy we are safeguarding the young people themselves first and foremost, but we are also giving piece of mind to the parents and organisations who entrust their children to us."
Kate Coleman Premier League Education and Child Protection Manager commented: “Tottenham Hotspur is a child-centered football Club. As such its focus is not just on those children that come into the Academy, but on every child that comes into contact with the Club, whether through the raft of community activities, education programmes or matchday experience. They are leading the way in this area and should be commended on their efforts."
In order to achieve its aims in the area of Child Protection, the Club works in partnership with other organisations including Haringey Child Protection and Planning Services.
Councillor Kate Wynne, Executive Member for Social Services and Health, Haringey Council commented: "We have been working closely with Tottenham Hotspur for the past two years to help the club develop and write its child protection procedures. Haringey is very proud to have such a community-focussed club in our borough that not only gives local children opportunities they would not otherwise have but also takes their protection and well-being so seriously. 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."
Our pictures show, top, back row from left - our Finance Director Matthew Collecott, Leigh Mills, Ledley King, Charlie Daniels and our Director of Community Development Kathryn Robinson. Front, from left - Andy Barcham, John Kyraicou.
Above - Ledley King.
The Club today unveiled its new Child Protection Policy. Endorsed by the Club’s Directors, the Premier League and the Haringey Area Child Protection Committee (ACPC) - the message that everyone has a responsibility to safeguard children comes right from the top.