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Lichfield & District Recreational League

As your League’s Safeguarding Officer, I would really appreciate you circulating the attached message and link to all your club safeguarding officers with a request to circulate it to parents, players and coaches.

England leaders explain 4 steps to safeguarding in new film


Link to Film https://thefa.sharefile.com/d-sf9b8ae03a0541469

As part of The FA’s role in aiming to do everything it can to support a safe and enjoyable framework for football, a new film has been made outlining the four key steps to safeguarding.


The film, featuring Wayne Rooney, Steph Houghton, Jack Rutter and Nathaniel Chalobah, explains how both parents and children can raise concerns they have about adults working in football and centred around how the 8,500 safeguarding officers working across England football take the following four steps:


1.       Checked – to ensure adults are suitable to work with youngsters

2.       Trained – from coaches to referees, all are given suitable safeguarding training

3.       Hear – concerns from both children and adults will be listened to

4.       Report – the importance of raising concerns about a child’s welfare


Following these simple but crucial steps means that there is a framework in place to ensure that, if standards ever fall short with poor practice or unacceptable behaviour, they can be addressed.

Anyone who has a concern about the welfare of a child or the behaviour of an adult towards a child or young person under 18 years of age in football, is required to refer it to The FA Safeguarding team. The team is staffed by professionals who are experienced in dealing with these concerns.

Referring a concern can be done via your club, league or County FA – all will have a designated safeguarding officer (DSO). Alternatively, you can email us directly via safeguarding@thefa.com.

If the matter is urgent and you cannot contact your club or County FA designated safeguarding officer, you can call The NSPCC 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 – or if it is an emergency because a child or children are at immediate risk, then call the police or children’s social care in your area.


If you are concerned that someone may be behaving inappropriately or seeking to groom a child in an online environment, then please use the CEOP reporting button that will take you directly to the team at the National Crime Agency, as well as informing your County FA or The FA via safeguarding@thefa.com


Many thanks for your cooperation,

Best regards

Andrew Hailwood | National Leagues Services Manager

The FA Group

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Postal address: Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London, SW1P 9EQ

T +44 (0) 844 980 8200 # 4593 | F+44 (0) 844 980 0682 | | M +44 (0)7984 003469

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