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.

It is therefore important that we continue to build on that foundation in preparation for the FA’s mandatory positioning for season 21/22.  Open age adult clubs who have teams that have 16 and 17-year-old players will need to recognise their roles and responsibilities to safeguard those players.

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’.

To ensure this is the case it is important that our clubs check that those people in eligible roles within their club hold an in-date FA accepted Enhanced DBS Check with a check of the Children’s Barred list.

The Key principles of the FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy are as follows:

  •      All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial       origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.
  •      All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  •      Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents and carers is essential.

The welfare of the child is, and must always be, paramount.

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 fa safeguarding for all workshop or the fa safeguarding workshop


 The offside trust - hunts fa community safeguarding partner


The FA has produced a number of online courses to upskill volunteers in safeguarding.

FA guide to safeguarding adults

fa safeguarding for committee members

fa safeguarding for all

fa safeguarding children workshop (coming spring 2021)



Get In Touch

Designated Safeguarding Officer - Sarah Hudson

By Phone: 01480 414484
(9am - 5pm Monday-Friday)

By Mobile: 07904028735

By Email:


Senior Safeguarding Lead (SSL) - Mark Ives

By Phone: 01480 414483
(9am - 5pm Monday-Friday)

By Email:


Assistant Senior Safeguarding Lead (ASSL)  - Andy Coles

By Phone: 01480 414481
(9am - 5pm Monday-Friday)

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