Safeguarding

All leagues and clubs with youth teams must have a named Welfare Officer who has an enhanced FA CRB certificate and has completed the FA Safeguarding Children and the FA Welfare Officers Workshop.

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. If you are worried about a child it is important that you report your concerns – no action is not an option.

  1. If you are worried about a child then you need to report your concerns to the Club Welfare Officer.
  2. If the issue is one of poor practice they will either: Deal with the matter themselves or Seek advice from the
  3. County FA Welfare Officer
  4.  If the child needs immediate medical treatment take them to a hospital or call an ambulance and tell them this is a child protection concern. Let your Club Welfare Officer know what action you have taken
  5. If at any time you are not able to contact your Club Welfare Officer or the matter is serious then you can either:
    • Contact your County FA Welfare Officer directly;
    • Call The FA/NSPCC 24 hour Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000;
    • Contact the Police or Children’s Services