Let's make football safe, not sorry. Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility – including Liverpool Football Association, as the game’s governing body.

Liverpool FA is responsible for the safeguarding welfare of children and vulnerable adults involved in grassroots football and run a series of courses and training events for clubs, handle safeguarding issues and manage the new Criminal Records Check process. 

It is now a mandatory requirement for all youth football Clubs and Leagues to have a qualified Welfare Officer in place before they can affiliate to Liverpool FA.

The Liverpool FA work closely with the FA to ensure that all the relevant Safeguarding Children policies and practices are being adopted by all our youth leagues and clubs throughout the county in order to protect children and protect the interests of our clubs. 

The FA has a simple three part approach to help everyone:

  • Gettting the right people involved - carrying out references and CRB checks
  • Creating a safe environment - Codes of conduct, education and best practice
  • Promoting clear systems to deal with any concerns, policy and procedures

Criminal Records Checks

Criminal Records Checks (CRCs) replaced the previous CRB check system in early 2013.  CRC checks assess an individuals criminal records history and allow the FA to make an informed decision on whether that person is suitable for a position working with children and vulnerable adults.  Clubs can now register for CRC checks online; an interactive guide is attached to the foot of this page.

Click here to find out more about CRC checks from the FA website

Safeguarding Children Workshop

Safeguarding Children is a 3-hour workshop which covers a number of issues surrounding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.  The course is a compulsory part of most FA qualifications including coaching awards, and Liverpool FA run several courses each month.  Courses can be booked online via the Liverpool FA website, please click here

County Welfare Officer

Liverpool FA's Welfare Officer is Gordon Johnson. If you need more information on safeguarding or welfare contact Gordon on 0151 523 4488 or 07595070809 or Gordon.Johnson@liverpoolfa.com

Useful Links

• Introduction to Safeguarding Children

• CEOP - Child Expoitation and Protection Centre

• Be on the Ball - Information for u18s

• Downloads & Best Practice

• How to Deal with Safeguarding Concerns

• Online Safeguarding Service

• Guide to Recruiting the Right People

• Thinking of Becoming a Welfare Officer?

• Criminal Records Checks