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Charlton Athletic Football Club

Charlton Athletic Football Club

Safeguarding Manager


Role Type



Posting Date

Nov 29, 2022

Role description

Position: Academy Safeguarding Manager​
Location: Training Ground, Sparrows Lane
Salary To be discussed
Hours: FTE Mon-Fri (+matchdays as needed)
About Us:
Charlton Athletic Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Charlton, south-east London. The club was founded on June 9th, 1905 and has a very storied history from rising to the top-flight of English Football in the 1930s (First Division) and again in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, to winning the FA Cup in 1947 and to leaving their Valley home in the mid-1980s only to make an impassioned return in 1992. Historically, the women's team played under Charlton Athletic from 2000 to 2007 but were released to become an independently run team in 2007 following the men's team's relegation from the Premier League.
The women's team were originally formed as a non-professional team in 1991 and were highly successful in the early 2000s winning The FA Cup, the League Cup, and the Charity Shield, as well as coming runners-up in the top division in multiple seasons. In February 2021, the club acquired the Charlton Athletic Women's team, turning the team full-time professional, and integrating them to become one club again.
Currently, our men's first team competes in League One, the third tier of English football, and our women's team competes in the Women’s Championship, the second highest division of women's football in England. At Charlton, we are ‘one club’ and can be truly described as a ‘family club’.
Role Description:
The purpose of this role is to assist with the daily provision of training kit and equipment, liaising with the Kit Manger and coaches. Use the relevant tools to ensure match kits are printed for players and staff match and training kits, in good time. Applicants should be able to provide effective assistance with full kit management including in the Kit Manager’s absence.
Other roles will be to support with laundry of match and training kits alongside others within the team and provide clean and prepared boots for training sessions and matches. Previous work experience in a similar role within a sports club would be desirable.
Key Responsibilities:
All responsibilities relate directly to the new EFL Safeguarding Standards
Leading on the development and delivery of the Club’s safeguarding strategy, vision and values
Responsible for managing the clubs safeguarding policies and procedures both adults at risk and children.
Responsible for overseeing and directing the safe provision of all activities and associated training relating to children, young people and Adults at Risk to meet Club safeguarding objectives
Provides leadership and guidance on all safeguarding matters and relevant legislation, along with implementing safeguarding awareness and best practice across the Club, Academy and RCT
Keep up to date with current safeguarding Legislation/Guidance (Government, FA, EFL)
Co-ordinate and assist HR with the safe recruitment of new staff following the latest safer recruitment guidelines. Including the DBS/Safeguarding process and safeguarding training
​Work with HR to ensure that the single central record (SCR) and Whole game system (WGS) is up to date
Keep high quality records of any safeguarding matters and manage the clubs safeguarding software (My Concern)
​Line manage the Academy/RTC safeguarding officer
Lead and design the internal CPD safeguarding programme alongside other heads of department for all staff across the Academy and the Club
Lead on all Safeguarding Operational matters across the club (Stadium, Training Ground, Academy, Women’s teams)
Have a strategic view of match day safeguarding (At the Valley)
Conduct visits to any at risk young players, families, and schools (alongside the Education department)
Attend U9-18 fixtures at weekends and be present at evening training sessions (x2)
Sit on the Academy’s AMT
Build strong links with any external agencies, Kent and London FA Safeguarding Teams. EFL safeguarding officer and the FA Safeguarding teams
Provide supervision for the safeguarding officer
Attend EFL safeguarding forums and any EFL safeguarding courses as directed by the EFL including the core modules
Support in the design and delivery of the Academy’s champions program working alongside the Education department
Help to deliver the clubs 3-year safeguarding strategy (written but not agreed)
Be a source of support for staff, players and parents

Elite Sport and/or Education or Public Services Background to Management Level
Up to date knowledge of Safeguarding policies and practice (essential)
Up to date knowledge of the recent DBS changes (essential)
Specific Experience:

Knowledge / experience of working in the Elite Sport, Education or Public Service sector and young people
Understanding the Key Document Keeping Children Safe In Education (KCSIE 2021)
Knowledge / experience of dealing with external agencies with regard to the Welfare of Young People


Familiar with all aspects of relevant safeguarding rules and regulations and applying them to a diverse workplace.
Sound organisational skills, able to prioritise and manage own workload.
Is discreet, tactful, and able to deal with highly confidential and sensitive material with absolute discretion
Communicates well on all levels, able to deliver effective training to diverse groups of individuals
Works well under pressure and has flexibility to deal with issues out of hours and at short notice.

Additional Information:
This a full-time role that includes work on weekends and evenings 
Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK:
Charlton Athletic FC is committed to following relevant health safety regulations and all members of staff are expected to be fully aware and adhere to, at all times, the Club’s HS and fire safety procedures;
Charlton Athletic Football Club are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment;
CAFC is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and its policies for recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion are designed to ensure that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, color, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability or gender reassignment.
Charlton Athletic Football Club are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk. The successful candidate may be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining a post, as all cases are mediated individually according to the nature of the role and the information provided.
Note: Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive we regret that we are unable to respond to unsuccessful applicants.
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