Every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in football. The FA recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. The FA is therefore committed to working in order to provide a safe environment for all children and young people to participate in the sport to the best of their abilities for as long as they choose to do so.
Creating a Safe Environment
The FA’s Safeguarding Children Education Programme provides workshops and online courses to help you to ensure you are doing the right things to safeguard children and young people in football. Please click here to access our courses page.
Codes of conduct are essential in establishing acceptable standards of behaviour. This includes actions on and off the field of play. For more information, you can visit the FA RESPECT pages, or click here for information on Best Practise and click here for information on Social Networking Guidance.
Getting the right people involved
Most people who get involved in football do so for all of the right reasons; however it’s important that football recognises its responsibility to safeguard and protect children and young people who are involved in football. This responsibility is reinforced by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act, 2006.
Responsible Recruitment procedures will help to screen out those people who are not suitable to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. Make sure you have a Responsible Recruitment process in your club or league, this will cover the following:
• The need to clarify what the person would be doing - the role
• What sort of experience and/or qualifications they might need
• Who needs an FA CRB check and how they can get one
• The importance of references.
Promoting Clear Systems
Every affiliated club and league with youth teams must have in place a:
• Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures
• Welfare Officer who has an FA CRB check and completed the Safeguarding Children Workshop and Welfare Officer Workshop
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility – to make sure you have appropriate safeguards in your club or league it’s important everyone is aware of your safeguarding children policy and the procedures for reporting a concern about the welfare of a child.
Dorset FA County Welfare Officer Andy Munnings - 01202 688280 (Thurs-Friday) or 07903574700 (Mon - Wed or outside of office hours) Andy.Munnings@DorsetFA.com
The FA/NSPCC helpline is a 24 hour free and confidential service. You can call them on 0808 800 5000 or Textphone 0800 056 0566 (for those with hearing difficulty)
DORSET DIRECT is open 8am-7pm daily (excl Bank Holidays). Call 01305 221000 for your local police and Children/Family Service Offices contact numbers.