It is important that you are aware of where you can find support if you feel worried about your safety or wellbeing.
The pandemic has meant this year has been difficult for young people in many ways and we recognise that you may not have had contact with friends and family who may normally support you. The FA have produced a list of organisations that may be able to support you if you are under the age of 18 and feel worried or anxious.
Do you know your Club Welfare Officer?
Every club has a Club Welfare Officer who is there to offer you support if you have any concerns about your safety or wellbeing or the safety of other people. Your club should have introduced them to you but if you do not know who they are, please ask your club. You and your parents/carers should have their contact details so they can help you if you should need them.
Reporting to the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command)
Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?
Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors here:
Staffordshire FA conducted a survey in January and February 2021 to establish some of the thoughts young people may have on the Covid-19 lockdown.
The survey was aimed at young people aged 13-17 and was made available via various Staffordshire FA communication channels, such as our website, social media platforms and newsletters.
To view an online version of these survey results, click on the link below:
Tell Us About Your Football In Staffordshire
- Are you happy when you play football? If not, why not?
- What would make playing football more fun for you?
- Do you feel safe when playing football?
We can support you – complete the form below and tell us what you think about playing football in Staffordshire.
MAKE AN ENQUIRY
We welcome any feedback and are always available to help you with your queries. Click the button below to send an enquiry and a member of our Team will get back to you as soon as possible.
Yellow Armbands Campaign – Respecting Young Referees
We want to make sure that young referees are respected within the game and allowed to develop as referees without being put under pressure.
We want to make sure that everyone at the game remembers that young referees are under 18 and still need safeguarding.
Please view the film and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are under 18 and require a yellow armband.
All FA SuperKicks challenges are now even easier to access for all, across all devices and at any time on new challenge hubs, supported by McDonald’s.
The hubs give parents and children access to hundreds of SuperKicks challenges, helping you to play football, learn new skills and improve your football knowledge in a fun and easy way.
every childhood is worth fighting for
- Online safety
- Report a problem
Call the NSPCC helpline if you're worried about a child.
Even if you're unsure, contact the professional counsellors 24/7 for help, advice and support on 0808 800 5000. Alternatively, visit their website below.
The Respect codes of conduct are in place to ensure that everyone involved in grassroots football is playing their part to give players a positive experience.
Are you playing your part?
The FA’s Youth Code of Conduct can be viewed below.