Liverpool County Football Association is delighted to announce that it has become one of the first County FAs in the country to be signed off as attaining national FA Safeguarding Operating Standards.
Following an external inspection by Girling Hughes Associates Ltd – a specialist in safeguarding – Liverpool County FA has been awarded accreditation that further highlights its dedication in ensuring a safe environment for all involved in the grassroots game across Merseyside.
The FA has developed Safeguarding Operating Standards to ensure a consistent delivery of safeguarding across grassroots football. The standards were conveyed to the County FAs in September 2017 and are underpinned by government guidance, in addition to being aligned to the Sport England/NSPCC national standards for safeguarding and protecting children and young people in sport.
Following a self-assessment, external review, action planning and addressing all 71 key areas within the standards, Liverpool County FA has been officially signed of as compliant and achieved each of the 71 standards.
Girling Hughes’ report stated: “CEO David Pugh has a clear vision for the future of Liverpool CFA and it was apparent during the visits that the staff have ‘bought into’ this vision and that safeguarding is a high priority. There is a very strong desire on the part of all staff to ‘be the best’ and ensure that LCFA provides a safe environment for children and young people.
“The Safeguarding Operating Standards have stimulated a concerted focus in Liverpool on raising the profile of safeguarding and the impact on U18 participants. Liverpool County Football Association have worked for many years with good practices. However, their desire to improve processes and upskill staff and volunteers means that they see their current work with safeguarding as being “part of the journey to ensure all youngsters are safe.
“This approach should ensure their work goes from strength to strength.”
For more information about safeguarding across Merseyside grassroots football, please contact the Liverpool County FA safeguarding team on 0151 523 4488 (Ext. 114).
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