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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 is at the centre of everything we do.  We want children 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 our young players!

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 – option 3.

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.

Get In Touch

Designated Safeguarding Officer

By Email:

Call: 0208 733 2613

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.


If you have reported a safeguarding concern about and child or young person and are dissatisfied with the manner in which the concern has been handled, there are a number of organisations you can and should escalate your concern to.

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