Keeping Football Safe and Enjoyable

Earlier this week, FA Chairman Greg Clarke wrote to club chairs, secretaries and welfare officers to provide an update on The FA’s commitment to safeguarding and welfare.

The FA, Premier League, EFL, PFA, LMA and PGMOL have all come together to outline the safeguarding framework that exists around the game and what’s been put in place since November 2016.

A brand-new document, entitled Keeping Football Safe and Enjoyable, outlines football’s united safeguarding strategy to:

-    Implement preventative safeguarding measures and create fun, safe football environments;
-    Make the reporting of concerns as easy as possible;
-    Ensure safeguarding and child protection concerns are investigated swiftly and thoroughly in conjunction with statutory agencies – and with demonstrable outcomes


Grassroots clubs and leadership at clubs is key to keeping football safe and enjoyable.

Clubs do this in a number of ways, including:
-    Ensuring children are listened to and have the opportunity to say how they are feeling. Creating an open culture is key to children staying safe
-    Keeping the Whole Game System up to date, with all managers and coaches listed against the teams they are working with
-    Ensuring that managers, coaches, physios, first aiders and others in regulated activity have an in-date-criminal record check as well as having completed their safeguarding training
-    Checking every parent and young player knows who the welfare officer is and how to contact them if needed
-    Seeking advice and guidance from the County Designated Safeguarding Officer and making referrals where there are safeguarding concerns
-    Having safeguarding and player wellbeing as a regular item on the committee agenda and ensuring all committee members have completed the  Online Safeguarding for Committee Members course – 26,000 chairpersons, secretaries, treasurers and welfare officers have done so to date and all will need to have done this to affiliate for the 2018-19 season
-    Dealing with complaints in an open and transparent way and making sure the Code of Conduct is alive and enforced

Other things that clubs have shared they are doing include:
-    Increasing the number of welfare officers, so that there is better visibility and access to the welfare officers across all teams. It’s interesting to know that in some recent research, children said they felt less safe in bigger clubs
-    Refreshing the content on your club website, so everyone knows who your club welfare officer is and how the club meets it’s safeguarding responsibilities
-    Taking advantage of The FAs free online recertification course for those who completed the safeguarding children workshops more than three years ago

As announced HERE, 2017/18 Club Safeguarding Visits are now underway and all clubs with youth teams are required to complete and return the Training Validation Visit form.

Liverpool County FA thanks all clubs for their continued support in ensuring that young players across Merseyside are able to play football in a safe environment.

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