Reporting Concerns


Explanatory films and general information (see below) outline how safeguarding concerns should be reported to the football authorities – and how they are investigated.

They also show how we work together across the game and with the statutory agencies to investigate and risk-manage any concerns raised.

Reporting concerns – the confidential and effective ways to report concerns about a child’s welfare. This section includes two explanatory films: ‘Reporting Concerns’ and ‘The Four Steps to Safeguarding’.

Please remember that if a child or young person is in immediate danger then ALWAYS call 999.

To refer a concern or incident to the Safeguarding Team and/or The FA Safeguarding Team, there is a standard ‘Safeguarding Referral Form’ to complete and send to or – click HERE to open the form.

Following the recent partnership agreement between Birmingham County FA and Tootoot Stribe, a new reporting process for Club and League Welfare Officers to raise concerns is in place. All CWO and LWOs have been given their access to the system, so please use this system to report, or contact the BCFA Safeguarding Team for further details.

Other Related Organisations who can assist in reporting concerns:

CPSU (Child Protection in Sport Unit)
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)
Sporting Chance Clinic

Useful Resources

- Safeguarding - Let's make football safe, not sorry
- Information and support for individuals receiving a disclosure
- Information for those against whom a complaint has been made
- FA Handbook 2020-21
- FA – How to report Safeguarding Concerns