Why Player Welfare?

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility – including The FA’s, as the game’s governing body in this country.

It is FA policy that, to be able to affiliate every club which runs an under-18 team, that club must have a Club Welfare Officer!

Working Together to Safeguard Football – Footballs Associations Policy and Procedures

Simply click the download link below to view 'Affiliated Footballs' overarching Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures. Endorsed and co-developed by The FA, Premier League, Football League, PFA, LMA, Football Foundation, League Football Education and NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility

To make sure we have appropriate safeguards in our club or league it is important everyone is aware of our safeguarding children policy and the procedures for reporting a concern about the welfare of a child.

Your designated safeguarding officer (club welfare officer) will be able to advise you, but if you want to find out more about how to increase your understanding of safeguarding in football why not complete the Safeguarding Children workshop - for more information visit the safeguarding learning page.

Every affiliated club and league with youth teams must have in place a Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures. 

Simply click the download link below to view our Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedure.

Grassroots Football, Safeguarding Children

Simply click the download link below to view Grassroots Footballs Policy and Procedures to gain guidance on: recruiting volunteers, getting the essentials in place, dealing with poor practice, bullying and abuse. Developed specifically to support grassroots clubs and leagues with young teams. Club and Youth League Welfare Officers will be given a copy as part of the The FAs Welfare Officer Workshop.

Anti-bullying policy

The FA defines bullying as one of the five categories of abuse. Having an Anti-bullying policy in place will help everyone understand what is and is not acceptable within your club. Having a clear process will help your club to manage any issues and hopefully prevent bullying.

Simply click the download link below to view the FAs recommended Anti Bullying Policy.


Whistle-blowing can be used as an early warning system or when it’s recognised that appropriate actions have not been taken. This approach or policy is adopted in many different walks of life.

It is about revealing and raising concerns over misconduct or malpractice within an organisation or within an independent structure associated with it.

Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can also use whistle-blowing by calling 0800 169 1863 and asking for The FA's safeguarding team, or via email on safeguarding@TheFA.com.

Alternatively you can go direct to the Police or Children’s Social Care and report your concerns there, or to the Child Protection in Sport Unit via cpsu@nspcc.org.uk or the NSPCC Helpline via 0808 800 5000 or by emailing help@nspcc.org.uk

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