Safeguarding and Welfare
Building a safe and inclusive environment for all.
English football takes safeguarding extremely seriously. The ongoing work to make the game as safe and enjoyable as possible is led by The FA, the game’s governing body in this country. This work is delivered through County FA's such as ourselves in conjunction with leagues and clubs.
A clear safeguarding strategy has been put in place by English football to protect people involved in the national game. It is complete with policies, procedures and regulations. Every club in the country must adhere to the policies which apply to them. If not, they face sanctions, including suspension from playing.
Within this section of our website, you'll find all the necessary information and policies on safeguarding and welfare, social media guidance, local initiatives and details on upcoming courses and workshops to ensure you stay on top of your club or leagues safeguarding responsibilities.
Online Safeguarding Committee Members Course
With safeguarding being a key consideration for grassroots clubs, it is a requirement that the club secretary, chairman and welfare officer completes this course before affiliation can be awarded.
SAFEGUARDING U18S AND ADULTS AT RISK IN OPEN-AGE FOOTBALL
At the start of 2020 The FA contacted all open-age adult football clubs and leagues across the country to support them in fully understanding their safeguarding responsibilities for under-18s, and adults in disability teams.
The letters sent to leagues and clubs can be downloaded via the link below.