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Let's make football safe, not sorry and enjoyable.

Creating fun, safe football environments is central to safeguarding children.

Most children and young people have a fantastic experience through football – but sadly, some don't.

This might be down to over-competitive parents and coaches shouting and constantly criticising them from the sidelines – the kind of behaviour that the Respect* programme is designed to address. Or it might be due to some other kind of abusive behaviour towards them.

Safeguarding Children is everyone's responsibility and having welfare officers in all clubs and leagues with youth teams is crucial to The FA’s simple three part approach to safeguarding. This includes:

Getting the right people involved – seeking references and Criminal Records Checks (CRC).


Creating a safe environment - codes of conduct, education and best practice

Promoting clear systems - to deal with any concerns - policy and procedures.

To access the Online Safeguarding Children Service, please click here

To access the Online Safeguarding Children rectification course please click here

Click here for information on the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and The FA’s recommended actions

Below we have listed a range of documents to help you through the Safeguarding process and make your club and you, as an individual, work in a safer environment. If you click below on the links you will be redirected to relevant pages to support you as well.


Safeguarding for Committee Members

Getting the right people involved

Be on the Ball info for U18's

Raising Awareness - Best Practice Downloads Section

Talk PANTS - Teach your child the NSPCC Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse

Dealing with Concerns

Reporting Concerns

Criminal Records Checks

Criminal Records Checks & Affiliation

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) - Report Abuse

CEOP Facebook

Thinking of becoming a Welfare Officer?