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Fury Mascot Policy

Peterborough United Football Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and all participants including adults who might be more vulnerable and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Within our football club we have Peter Burrow our friendly fury mascot who is a responsible ambassadors of Peterborough United Football Club. Peter Burrow is designed to engage and enhance fans experience both inside and outside of our club. This is a voluntary role within the club and the role mascot/s should represent fun, fair play and sportsmanship. The Club mascot/s will be responsible to the Match Day Safeguarding Officer.

Mascot Duties
1. Enhance the spectator experience and represent the club as a positive role model
2. Each mascot is accountable for his / her own behaviour at all times
3. Ensure the mascot uniform is returned to the club in good condition
4. To only use the mascot uniform when representing club activities
5. If invited to away matches stay in the stadium end appropriate to your team (or follow the guidance provided by club officials)
6. To follow instructions given by the Club’s safeguarding team
7. Attend pre and post-match briefings as required
8. Provide crowd entertainment on match days before the match and at half time
9. To attend additional training as required e.g. safeguarding training Person

Specification The individual must
Be 18 years of age or older
Have an outgoing personality
Demonstrate excellent communication skills
Be committed to working within the Peterborough United team
Be committed to safe working practice
Be willing to undertake training appropriate to the role
Be willing and available to work outside normal office hours

Clear information must be provided about the role and person specification. References should be taken up and a full employment history, including clear explanations for any gaps in employment. The role of the character mascot does fit into the category of ‘Regulated Activity’ therefore; the post is subject to an enhanced DBS criminal records check. This is a voluntary role and as such a volunteer’s agreement must be signed and volunteer’s policies and procedures must be followed. Appointment to this volunteering role will be subject to two written references indicating suitability for the role and a probationary period. The successful applicants should receive appropriate induction which will include:

1. A Safeguarding induction and Health and Safety briefing
2. Details of the Designated Safeguarding Officer and Match Day Safeguarding Officer
3. An orientation to the club
4. Copies of appropriate safeguarding policies and safeguarding and procedures
5. Issuing them with this policy and code of conduct
6. Identifying any training or support needs

Code of Conduct
This code of conduct provides clear guidance on acceptable standards of behaviour required by the club. Furry Mascot/s must:
1. Ensure that any direct contact with children or vulnerable adults is appropriate and in an open environment
2. Always be accompanied by a Club nominated companion, steward or member of staff to ensure that the mascot is never be alone with children- the companion will act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the mascot and answer any questions
3. Avoid direct contact with children and young people. Handshakes and waves are very appropriate, hugs should not be initiated
4. Ensure that hands are always visible, hand contact should be on shoulders only - the mascot assistant can assist in this by prompting ‘give us a wave!’ for any photographs
5. Report any concern / allegation or disclosure concerning risk or harm to children to the club DSO or on match day to the Match Day Safeguarding Officer
6. Follow the Club’s policies and procedures for Safeguarding and protecting Children and Adults at Risk
7. Abide by the relevant Rules and Regulations of the EFL and the Football Association ("the Rules and Regulations")
8. Maintain a responsible and co-operative attitude and uphold the ideals of fair play and sportsmanship
10. Show a positive and responsible attitude towards everyone involved in football
11. Be a responsible ambassador of the club
12. Recognise the referee and their assistants are the symbol of authority and always treat them with respect
13. Promptly obey any instructions given by the referee, assistant referee or any fourth official
14. Promptly comply with any instructions given by a steward, security guard or the police
15. Provide consent for images or video footage taken at the match which may be used for media, publication or promotional purposes
16. Attend training and learning opportunities as required by the club
17. Wear the uniform as directed by the club and follow the instructions of the nominated companion, steward or staff member who is accompanying them at all times in order to remain safe
18. Be responsible and accountable for their own behaviour at all times
19. Inform the DSO of any change in health status which may affect their ability to perform your duties
20. Inform the Club’s DSO immediately if they become the subject of any external safeguarding concerns or investigation

Furry Mascot Must Not:
1. Act in an inappropriate manner with any child, children or vulnerable adult
2. Hold children for health and safety reasons – the parent/guardian should hold the child and then approach the furry mascot
3. Sit down when children and young people are present – this avoids the possibility of children sitting on or being taken onto your lap at any time
4. Approach children – always let them come to you
5. Influence, incite or condone unacceptable behaviour
6. Criticise or disrespect officials, opponents, coaches, other Mascots or fans
7. Enter the field of play, nor must they interfere with any officials, make a nuisance of themselves or prevent the smooth and orderly progress of the match
8. Attempt to question or influence any decision made by a referee or assistant referee
9. Approach or attempt to communicate with any player, coach or club official either of their own team or opposing team
10. Interfere with any pitch equipment including, but not limited to, the goals, the ball, corner flags etc.
11. Wear, use or lend the mascot uniform at any time without the express consent of the club
12. Engage in any behaviour that is likely to cause offence or distress to any individual or sections of the crowd
13. Operate around the area where the opposing fans are situated
14. Throw anything of substance into the crowd including but not limited to water or other liquids This Code of Conduct is extensive but not exhaustive and mascots should be aware that if their behaviour is found to be unacceptable they may be released from their role.~

Note: It is important to recognise that The Football Authorities; Official Leagues; The Football Association and Peterborough United Football Club will not tolerate conduct that is detrimental to the sport, the participants, the spectators, the officials or the community. Such conduct includes (but is not limited to) vulgarity, lewd acts, harassment, racism, sexism, physical violence or threat of physical violence, verbal abuse, taunting, or any other anti-social behaviour. Safeguarding Contacts Any immediate concern or potential risk should be reported to the match day Safeguarding Officer.

Written by Kayleigh Stent – Academy Safeguarding/Player Care Manager
Authorised and signed off by Liz Elsom – Club Welfare Officer