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Safeguarding in Essex Young Farmers' Clubs

Essex Young Farmers clubs provide young people aged 16-28 years old, the opportunity to develop and learn in a fun and safe environment by participating in a diverse and educational club programme, that has been put together by members. 

Club Officers & Supervision of U18's

Meetings are organised and run by members with the help of club leaders in each club. The club officers include the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Club Leader, who are elected annually and have overall responsibility for the club and the activities in which members take part. These officers are DBS checked and have had to provide suitability and character references. 

Safeguarding Officers 

Most clubs will have at least one officer responsible for safeguarding who is overseen and supported by the county designated safeguarding officer, who in turn is supported by the national Head of Safeguarding and Behaviour Management. 



Fun: YFC encourages participation in a way that everyone has fun 

Excellence: YFC encourages individuals and clubs to achieve their maximum potential through participation in YFC activities and competitions, to learn new skills and to build confidence and competence that can be transferred into all areas of life 

Equality and inclusion: YFC values equality and diversity without prejudice or discrimination, and embraces each other's similarities and differences so that everyone is included 

Respect: Everyone is treated with respect 

Fairness: Everyone is treated fairly and equitably 

To inspire and excite: Positive participation in YFC aims to inspire future leaders in our movement 

Role models: YFC strives to create a positive culture and safe environment by everyone role modelling best practice at all times, including online 

Behaviour and Discipline 

All members are required to sign up to the YFC Code of Conduct upon joining and are expected to behave appropriately. Inappropriate behaviour that may have an impact on other members isn't tolerated. Minor incidents will generally be dealt with by the chair at their discretion, which could simply be a talk with the member and a verbal warning. All warnings are recorded to ensure past conduct is considered where there is a repeat or an escalation of poor conduct. Parents will be contacted if more serious incidents occur. Information can be found in the Standards of Behaviour Policy available from the County Federation's office. 


If you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at

More information regarding safeguarding can be found on the NFYFC website, here: Safeguarding in Young Farmers’ Clubs.

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