Safeguarding Children

Children love playing football, however well our national team, the team we support or the teams we play for are doing.

Most children and young people have a wonderful experience through football – but sadly, some don’t.
The Football Association takes its role as guardian of the game extremely seriously at every level and is committed to using the power of football to build a better future. That is why The FA developed and maintains its Safeguarding focus.

The initiatives established were not launched as a response to some vast problem in the game. They are there to ensure that children continue to enjoy their football in a safe environment and provide guidance for all those involved in football.

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility and making it mandatory for welfare officers to be appointed in every youth club and league with youth teams, is important to The FA’s three part approach to safeguarding.

This includes:

  • Getting the right people involved – safe recruitment including CRC checks
  • Creating a safe environment – codes of conduct, education and best practice
  • Promoting clear and understandable systems – dealing with concerns, policies and procedures

The Football Association's Child Protection Policy

The aim of this policy is to develop a pro-active and positive position in order to protect all children, young persons and vulnerable adults who are involved in football. This enables them to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment.

The policy covers all activities run by The FA. An example is The FA Charter Standard Award. This award recognises best practice in football clubs and leagues. To gain this recognition, best practice has to be demonstrated which includes following The FA’s child protection procedures.

You can download the policy by clicking on the relevant link.

Safeguarding Children Workshop Course

Safeguarding Children Workshop Course (3-hour course)
This workshop is a requirement for all FA qualified managers, coaches, welfare officers, referees and medics. It is not just for the mentioned persons, this workshop is available to anyone who wishes to attend.
For dates and venues of the Safeguarding Children Workshops, follow the link on the right or contact Andrew Newton, Suffolk FA football development administrator, on 01449 776315 or email

Welfare Officer Workshops

The Welfare Officer Workshop is a requirement for all club and league welfare officers prerequisites: Welfare officers must complete the Safeguarding Children Workshop to gain a basic awareness of safeguarding before attending the Welfare Officer Workshop. They also must have successfully completed an FA CRC Enhanced Disclosure. For dates and venues of this workshop contact Andrew Newton, Suffolk FA football development administrator, on 01449 776315 or email

For More Information

If you would like further information regarding safeguarding, or want to discuss a concern then contact the county welfare officer, Jim Hill, on 01449 776383 or 07572 107791 or email

In addition, and in partnership with the NSPCC, The Football Association opened The FA/NSPCC Child Protection Helpline 0808 800 5000. This is a 24-hour telephone line for children and adults to seek advice or report a concern on a confidential and, if required, anonymous basis.

The Respect Programme and Safeguarding Children

Respect is The FA’s programme to combat unacceptable behaviour – both on and off the pitch. Aggressive adult behaviour is one of the main reasons why young players, coaches and referees drop out from football.
Find out what you can do to ensure ‘Respect’ is part of your football by contacting Suffolk Football Association's lead Respect officer, Jim Hill on 01449 776383 or 07572 107791 or email

For more information please click here


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