Safeguarding is a fundamental aspect of our club and there are varying types of Welfare cases that the club deal with. If you are worried about a child, it’s vital you report your concerns at the earliest opportunity. Doing nothing is not an option.

Collectively we have an ongoing duty to ensure the game is a safe, positive and enjoyable experience for all those that have an association with the club be it players young and old, club coaches, spectators and/or match officials.

Our united approach to safeguard across the game is driven by a clear three-part strategy:

  • Implementing preventative safeguarding measures (such as safer recruitment) to create fun, safe football environments;

  • Making the reporting of concerns as easy as possible;

  • Ensuring safeguarding, child protection and adult at risk concerns are investigated swiftly and thoroughly in conjunction with statutory agencies – and with demonstrable outcomes.

There are multiple ways to report a concern:

  1. Directly to the Club Welfare Team – Club Chairman and/or Assistant Head Coach

  2. To your County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer. Click here for a list of County FA contacts;

  3. By emailing The FA Safeguarding Team at

  4. If urgent and you cannot contact your club, league or County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer, you can contact the NSPCC Helpline for expert advice and support on 0808 800 5000 or;

  5. 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.