Safeguarding Policies and Procedures

A clear safeguarding strategy has been put in place by English football to protect people involved in the national game.

It is complete with policies, procedures and regulations. Every club in the country must adhere to the policies which apply to them. If not, they face sanctions, including suspension from playing.

Policies include the mandatory appointment of a Club Welfare Officer(s) for every league or club with youth teams.

The topics below cover the safeguarding framework for everyone in affiliated football in England. Please click on the relevant one to get more information. In the meantime, should you have any questions about safeguarding please don't hesitate to get in touch with the Safeguarding Team.

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’

Criminal Record Checks (CRC) – their importance and how to obtain one through The FA so records are maintained for validity.

Safeguarding training – relevant and engaging online and face to face courses and workshops for everyone working with children and young people

Welfare Officers – their role and responsibilities, and how to become one.

Safeguarding Policies and Procedures – to help ensure appropriate safeguards are in place.

Best-practice downloads – collectively explaining how to create a supportive, safe and fun environment for children and young people. Given the prevalence of social media use/misuse today, please refer to specific guidance on this subject.

The FA has released a new document entitled ‘Keeping Football Safe And Enjoyable’, which outlines the safeguarding work being done right across football. Download a copy below.

keeping football safe and enjoyable

best practice and guidance notes


Over the years The FA has been asked for advice and guidance to help clubs create fun, safe and inclusive environments. This advice in the form of Guidance Notes are available to download in themed-sections on The FA website. You’ll find top tips, templates and a great resource to browse through and see what you and/or your club might benefit from going forwards.

To access the downloads click HERE

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