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.
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
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
Many thanks for your cooperation,
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
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