Safeguarding for Adults and Open-Age Football
SAFEGUARDING IS EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY
WE'RE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU
Safeguarding of adults in football is essential to ensure that everyone plays their part in making the game safe for everyone to enjoy.
Safeguarding for U18s and U17s/16s in Open-Age Football
Under 18 Players In Open-Age Football
It must be recognised that there are several young players aged 16/17 who are participating in open-age football. Whilst we see this as part of the transition between youth and the adult game, we need to ensure that these players are safeguarded, and they have a positive experience.
We must remember that players in this age group are still legally classed as a child and therefore we request clubs consider issues such as changing room arrangements/ showering to make sure that the person feels safe during these activities.
The FA requests that clubs with under-18 players in their teams need to adopt a safeguarding policy. The FA have provided a template that clubs can adopt - please see below.
Supporting 16/17 Year Old Players
We recommend you distribute the FA's guidance Know Your Rights in Football to all 16/17-year-old players. We also recommend hosting this information on your club website and consider making it part of a 'Welcome Pack’ for new players aged 16 and 17 years old.
Further LCFA Guidance Documents
DBS Checks and Safeguarding Course
In addition to the above, from the 2022/23 season, the team manager or coach (first aider, physiotherapist) will need to have a valid DBS accepted on their FAN and they should be named in their role in the team on the Whole Game System.
FA DBS Check Information and FAQs
If you require any support on completing a DBS application, contact Lystra Landon the County Designated Safeguarding Officer via Safeguarding@LiverpoolFA.com
We recommend ALL club officials become more aware of safeguarding by taking the Safeguarding for All workshop developed by the FA.
Adult Disability Football
The FA have developed several resources to support adult disability teams in making sure that their club is promoting the best safeguarding standards. Please view the guidance in the link below.