Safeguarding in Open Age Football


We are continually working towards making football in our county a safe and enjoyable experience for all.


Every open age adult club is required to ensure the safeguarding of any under 18s involved with them. In addition, where there are adult disability teams, they are required to promote safeguarding adults, across every aspect of the club.

As a County FA, we have mandated for the 2022/23 season that all team officials (Manager, Assistant Manager, Coach, Assistant Coach, Physio etc)  for open-age teams with U18 players must have an in-date FA DBS Check showing as complete on the Whole Game System and an in-date Safeguarding for ALL qualification.

We will also advise those clubs who do not have U18s within their teams, to still seek to obtain an in-date FA DBS and complete the free online course. This will prevent any future non-compliance.

An FA DBS check costs £10. If your club does not have a Club Welfare Officer, then we can support with helping you apply for an FA DBS through Hunts FA.

This means that every open-age adult club with active players aged 16 or 17 should ensure that they are not exposed to a coach or manager who is ‘barred from working with children’.

Clubs with under 18s in open age adult teams (including disability teams) are required to

  •      Adopt and adhere to Affiliated Footballs Safeguarding Children Policy
  •      Identify which teams have 16 and/or 17 year old players
  •      Provide 16 and/or 17 year old players with safeguarding information
  •      Support  all team officials working with 16 and/or 17 year olds to complete an FA DBS Check
  • Support all team officials working 16 and/or 17 year olds to complete the The FA Safeguarding 'For All' 


FA Safeguarding Training Courses

FA Safeguarding Policies & Procedures

DBS Enquiries



               Get In Touch

              safeguarding officer

                 Sarah Hudson 

Designated Safeguarding Officer 

(Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

01480 414484

07377 406678