Suffolk FA backing Play Safe campaign
SUFFOLK FA is lending its full support to Play Safe – a national FA-led campaign to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding in football.
Play Safe is being run in partnership with the NSPCC and has the full backing of the Premier League, EFL, Barclays FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship. It’s also supported by every County FA and is being run across all grassroots leagues and clubs.
The main element of Play Safe is a series of short films which emphasise the importance of having safeguarding embedded in all we do. The films also explain to parents/carers and children themselves know what to do if they feel unsafe or worried, because nothing matters more than making sure football is safe for everyone, especially children and young people. You can see these films below.
Suffolk FA Chief Executive Officer and Senior Safeguarding Lead Richard Neal said: “I’m so pleased to support this inaugural National Safeguarding Weekend, and encourage all clubs and leagues in Suffolk to use this weekend as a catalyst for increasing safeguarding awareness.
"The first port of call is to find out the name and contact of the Club Welfare Officer and League Welfare Officer. These are integral roles within grassroots footballs safeguarding processes.
"Suffolk FA have a number of members of the team who have additional safeguarding responsibilities, including the Board Safeguarding Champion, Senior Safeguarding Lead, Designated Safeguarding Officer, and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officers. Find the contact details for each of these members of the team via the Suffolk FA website. Safeguarding issues can be reported to us via email@example.com or 01449 616606 (option 2).
"I hope everyone appreciates the Play Safe message of this weekend and continues through every other matchday for the season.”
FA Chief Executive Mark Bullingham said: “As a youth team coach, I will be working with my club to ensure we support the Play Safe messaging. I am also pleased that the campaign has the support of the former footballers with lived experience of abuse in football, who are on our Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group. The Group has collectively said:
“Learning from the past is crucial, so that we can prevent the horrific experiences that happened to us and so many others in football, from happening again.
“As a group of survivors, we fully support the ethos and important messages that Play Safe conveys – whether to club officials, parents/carers and or vitally, children and young people themselves. Equally important is that Play Safe is not a one-off campaign – it will be used at key points in the football calendar to remind everyone in football, that children’s welfare and keeping them safe, should be at the heart of all that we do.”
As the Survivor Group points out, you’ll see Play Safe appearing at various points throughout the season to keep safeguarding front of mind in football. Together, we want to do everything we can so everyone – particularly children and young people – has a consistently positive experience of our great game.
You can read more about Play Safe on The FA’s website here
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