Safeguarding and Welfare

Training, Checks and The Role of the Welfare Officer


Lets make football safe and enJoyable, not sorry.

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.

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.

The FA's Safeguarding Website

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 on the links you will be redirected to relevant pages to support you as well.


Online Courses


Safeguarding for Committee Members

safeguarding for all


Get In Touch - Any questions about the online courses

By Phone: 01480 414422
(9am - 5pm Monday-Friday)

By Email:

reporting concerns

Reporting Concerns

The confidential and effective ways to report concerns about a child’s welfare.                     

Criminal Record Checks (CRC)

How to obtain a CRC through The FA so records are maintained for validity.                   
Safeguard Training

Safeguarding Training

Online and face to face courses and workshops for everyone working with children and young people.
Welfare Officer

Welfare Officers

Their role and responsibilities, and how to become one.

Safeguarding Policies and Procedures

To help ensure appropriate safeguards are in place.
best practice

Best Practice Downloads

Specific guidance on social media use/misuse 

useful links

Get In Touch

If you have a question about safeguarding in football or want to report a concern, please contact:

By Email:

By Phone: 01480 414422


Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) - Sarah Hudson

By Phone: 01480 447484

(9am - 5pm Monday-Friday)

By Mobile: 07377406678

By Email:


Designated Safeguarding Officer (DDSO) - Stefan Renwick

By Phone: 01480 447481

(9am - 5pm Monday-Friday)

By Email:


Senior Safeguarding Lead (SSL) - Mark Ives

By Phone: 01480 447480

(9am - 5pm Monday-Friday)

By Email:


Deputy Senior Safeguarding Lead (DSSL)  - Andy Coles

By Phone: 01480 447483

(9am - 5pm Monday-Friday)

By Email:


Board Safeguarding Champion (BSC) - Maurice Armstrong

By Phone: 01832 293262

By Email:

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