Safeguarding

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The AFA is dedicated to creating a safe and fun environment for children and young people to participate in football. Safeguarding children is about doing things the right way and doing things properly. It is about allowing children to enjoy football without abuse of any kind. That means no bullying, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect. 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 and 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 – carrying out references and CRB checks
  • Creating a safe environment - codes of conduct, education and best practice
  • Promoting clear systems - to deal with any concerns - policy and procedures

The AFA has its own County Welfare Officer, Jackie Newing. Should you have any queries or concerns or an issue that needs to be raised please contact Jackie on jackie.newing@amateur-fa.com or 0208 733 2613 – option 5.

If you cannot get hold of Jackie and the matter is urgent please contact The FA’s Case Management Team on 0844 980 8200 extension 4787.

Alternatively contact the police or your local Safeguarding Children’s Board or Social Services.

Be on the Ball - Info for U18s

Club Welfare Officers

Helpful Contacts

Safeguarding Downloads

Staying Safe Online

Youth League Welfare Officers