The football world presently finds itself in a place of real catastrophe. The recent revelations have brought to the attention of the world the increasing concerns over the protection of minors within sports. In addition, it has emphasised the apparent lack of control that the authorities have over young athlete and pastoral care. Parents have placed their trust in those who they believe have their child’s best interests at heart and it is now right that this lack of control regarding duty of care is questioned.
Given all the attention being placed on your child’s talent and the attention that it receives it is easy to have the belief that all will be well with the development process, especially in professional clubs. It will be won’t it? Surely such beliefs do not exceed expectation? Well given the recent revelations it could be stated that they are indeed a step too far at the present!
So how can parents take control of protecting their child and feel sure that appropriate duty of care is in process? Clubs are required by the process of the EPPP to ensure appropriate standards of the duty of care process are in place for their audit and categorisation process. Parents can ensure that they:
There may be other questions that parents can be inquisitive of. Should they wish, parents can approach the Players Trust to provide advice for parents unsure as to any means of the process of duty of care for their child and can offer advice that is appropriate and relevant to the requirements of the EPPP.