Safeguarding October 2019

Keeping the game safe and enjoyable

SUFFOLK FA seeks to support a safe and enjoyable framework for football.

SUFFOLK FA seeks to do everything it can to support a safe and enjoyable framework for football.

This means, if standards ever fall short with poor practice or unacceptable behaviour, there’s a framework in place to make sure Suffolk FA can deal with it. By reporting a concern you can help make sure that the Youth game stays safe and strong.

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. The team is staffed by professionals who are experienced in dealing with these concerns.

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

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 ourselves or The FA via

Darryn Marsh, Designated Safeguarding Officer at Suffolk FA, said: “It is important that we keep the game enjoyable and safe for all so I would urge anyone who has witnessed poor behaviour, poor practice or abuse to report it.

“The safeguarding and welfare of our players is everyone’s responsibility. Non-action is not an option.”




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