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Safeguarding at Amateur FA


The AFA is dedicated to creating a safe and fun environment for children and young people to participate in football.

Individually and collectively, we are signed up to The FA’s Safeguarding Policy and Procedures, and we are committed to safeguarding children and young people within football. 

Our vision is to create quality memories through football.  In order to do that we need our children and young people to feel safe and have fun! 

Feeling safe = better experiences + more football = quality memories!


Why is safeguarding so important? 

Safeguarding children and adults at risk is at the centre of everything we do.  We want children and adults at risk in our clubs to feel safe, relaxed and comfortable so they can get on with playing the beautiful game that is football.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and therefore we work hard to ensure all our participants are aware of the FA’s safeguarding policies and procedures. Being equipped with the right safeguarding knowledge can help us all contribute to a safer and better experience for all!

The AFA has its own Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO). Should you have any queries or concerns or an issue that needs to be raised please contact the DSO on or 0208 733 2613 / 07904649876.

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

For a full guide to safeguarding, please download our safeguarding booklet.

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The Amateur FA believes that the mental health and wellbeing agenda is an important topic to support.

For further information about mental health and to see what support is available, please download our mental health and wellbeing booklet.

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Get in Touch

Visit our Helpdesk to find answers to our frequently answered questions.

Still need to contact us?

Phone: 020 8733 2613 / 07904649876


the voice of a child

Listening to the views and opinions of our children andyoung people is vital in helping us to get things right. 

We are working in various ways to engage with our childrenand young people in grassroots football to create a safe, fun and relaxedenvironment. 

How can you help us?

Tell us

We rely on our participants and members to report anything which causes concern about the welfare of a child / children. Therefore we ask you to remain vigilant and report any concerns to your club welfare officer or the AFA’s Designated Safeguarding Officer on 0208 7332 613.

If you have an immediate concern about a child please call the police on 999.

Follow the codes

The Respect code of conduct is in place to ensure everyone involved in football is playing their part to give players a positive experience.

Here at the AFA we encourage all our participants to follow the codes to ensure an excellent experience for all.


Codes of Conduct

Adult & Players

match officials

Coaches, team managers & Club official

Become a Welfare Officer

Welfare officers play a vital role in ensuring our clubs/leagues run smoothly and that our young people are protected.

If you are someone who enjoys working with children and young people, likes to learn new things and has a passion for improving the game then this could be the right role for you!

For more information on how to become a CWO and what it involves click here.


We are always looking to improve the way we do things and really value feedback from all our participants. So if you have an idea or some feedback on how we do things here at the AFA please do not hesitate to let us know by completing our feedback form.


Whistle-blowing can be used as an early warning system or when it’s recognised that appropriate actions have not been taken. This approach or policy is adopted in many different walks of life.

It is about revealing and raising concerns over misconduct or malpractice within an organisation or within an independent structure associated with it.

Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can also use whistle-blowing by calling 0800 169 1863 and asking for The FA's safeguarding team, or via email on

Alternatively you can go direct the Police or Children’s Social Care and report your concerns there, or to the Child Protection in Sport Unit via or the NSPCC Helpline via 0808 800 5000 or by emailing

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