Safeguarding for Committee Members

On 3 April 2017, The FA launched its first Free online learning course developed specifically for committee members of grassroots football clubs.

As part of our on-going work to ensure that the safeguards we have in place to protect children in the game are as robust as possible, an online FA Safeguarding Course has been designed for Club Officials.

Feedback collected from Clubs during visits over the last few months indicated that many Club Officials feel concerned by their own lack of knowledge of safeguarding matters. This is an understandable concern and it is important that we make available to you the tools you require to carry out your safeguarding responsibilities with confidence.

To that end, this Online Safeguarding course has been specifically designed for key Club Officials and includes:

  •  A reflection on what makes an effective club committee
  • A consideration of the role of the committee in protecting children
  • Advice on how to build a safe club
  • Advice on how to recognise and report harm and abuse

With 7,000 learners already completing the course, feedback showed that 91% were committed to doing something differently either now, in three months or in six months. That’s over 6,000 people committing to making their clubs safer.

One learner commented on the value of the course:

“A very good course. I did wonder what extra I could learn from this that I didn't learn on the Safeguarding Workshop but the change of emphasis to that of the role of a committee member made me see the bigger picture.”

The course, which takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and is completely free of charge, can be accessed by following the 'Get Started' link below.

On completing the course you will be able to download a certificate to demonstrate successful completion. A number of assets are being made available to help you access and complete the course, including guidance notes which can be downloaded below.

IMPORTANT: Youth Club Committee Members


This course must be undertaken by 3 key Club Officials in all Youth Clubs before Club Affiliation for the 2017-18 season can begin. The Club Secretary, Club Chairperson, and Club Welfare Officer must complete the course as a minimum.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at 

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