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Safeguarding & Welfare


The ongoing work to make the game as safe and enjoyable as possible is led by The FA, the game’s governing body in this country. This work is delivered through County FAs and in conjunction with leagues like ourselves and clubs.

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.

Safeguarding is about creating a fun, safe & positive environment for all young people under the age of 18 and adults at risk. 

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and having welfare officers in all clubs and leagues with youth teams is crucial to The FA’s approach.





Building a Supporting Network


  • CWO - Every junior club must have a Club Welfare Officer

  • YLWO - Every junior league must have a League Welfare Officer

  • CFAWO - Each County FA must have a County Welfare Officer

  • Case Management - The FA have a Safeguarding team


The NSPCC Helpline is a free, 24-hour service which provides advice to anyone worried about a child.

Call 0808 800 5000 or text 88858



Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can be you, specifically for children and young people. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. They're here for you online, on the phone, anytime.


The Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency (CEOP) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account.

FA DBS Check

Anyone who is regularly working or volunteering directly with children and young people in football needs to have an FA DBS check. 'Regular' is defined as once a month or more, more than twice in 30 days or overnight.


Even if an individual has completed a CRB check through work an additional check is required for football. 



Where can I get more information?

Further information and downloads can be found at:


You can contact the Leagues Welfare Officer, Sarah Kennedy at


You can contact the County FA Welfare Officer, Sarah Pridmore at or 01522 596583/07973 666778

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