Safeguarding and Welfare

Lets make football safe and enJoyable, not sorry.

As football’s governing body in Huntingdonshire, safeguarding is a fundamental aspect of the County FA’s role, and that of its affiliated members.

Collectively we have an ongoing duty to ensure the game is a safe, positive and enjoyable experience for the children, young people and adults who regularly play, watch, coach, referee and volunteer.

Most 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 side lines (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 is everyone's responsibility and having welfare officers in all clubs and leagues with teams is crucial to The FA’s simple three-part approach to safeguarding.

This includes:

Getting the right people involved (seeking references and DBS checks).

Creating a safe environment (codes of conduct, education, and best practice). 

Promoting clear systems to deal with any concerns (policies and procedures). 

We now have a designated volunteer workforce of Welfare Officers who promote and oversee best practice in safeguarding. All clubs with youth sections and youth leagues are required by The FA to have an appointed club and youth league welfare officer. The welfare officers are in place to improve practices at the club and be the first point of contact for any concerns relating to children or adults at risk of harm.

Together, let’s protect our wonderful game – and everyone within it – now and for the future.


Whistle-blowing in a safeguarding context means revealing and raising concerns over misconduct or malpractice within an organisation, or within an independent structure associated with it.

It can be used as an early-warning system or when it’s recognised that appropriate actions have not been taken. This approach or policy is adopted in many different walks of life. Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague’s conduct towards a child or young person can also use whistleblowing by calling 0800 169 1863 and asking for The FA’s safeguarding team, or via email to:

Alternatively, concerns can be reported:

  • Direct to the local Police or Children’s Social Care services; or
  • The Child Protection in Sport Unit at; or
  • The NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email:


Hunts FA Safeguarding Team



 Sarah Hudson

Designated Safeguarding Officer 

  Gary Marheineke

Gary Marheineke

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer

Mark Ives

Mark Ives

Senior Safeguarding Lead


Brett Fairholm

Deputy Senior Safeguarding Lead

Maurice Armstrong

Board Safeguarding Champion



Get In Touch 

By Phone: 01480 447484 or 07377 406678
(Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm)

By Email:


Report a Safeguarding Concern to Hunts FA

DBS Check Queries



Safeguard Training

FA Policies & Procedures

Click here to view all FA policies and procedures related to safeguarding
reporting concerns

Safeguarding Training and Education

Learn about safeguarding children and adults at risk in football

Safer Recruitment & DBS Checks

Recruiting advice, who needs a DBS check and how to get one                 


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