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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.

SAFEGUARDING AND PROCEDUREs

SAFEGUARDING POLICY TEMPLATE FOR CLUBS WITH 16-17 YEAR-OLD PLAYERS

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.

Download guidance here

Further LCFA Guidance Documents

A Guide for Clubs with 16-17-Year-Old Players

Open-Age Adult League Safeguarding Advocate - Role Purpose

safeguarding contacts

Telephone: 0151 523 4488 (Ext 109)

Safeguarding@LiverpoolFA.com

Lystra.Landon@LiverpoolFA.com

Telephone: 0151 523 4488 (Ext 105)

Steven.Swinnerton@LiverpoolFA.com

Telephone: 0151 523 4488 (Ext 106)

Daniel.Green@LiverpoolFA.com

Telephone: 0151 523 4488 (Ext 129)

Anthony.Smith@LiverpoolFA.com

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.

ACCESS THE SAFEGUARDING FOR ALL COURSE

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.

FA BEST PRACTICE NOTE 10.1

Just Play Women

Codes of Conduct

You can download the FA Respect Code of Conduct below.

Adult Club Code of Conduct

Ann Craft Trust

The Ann Craft Trust is the leading UK authority on Safeguarding Adults and Young People at Risk.

Visit their website to find out how they can help you.

ANN CRAFT TRUST WEBSITE

Every Mind Matters

Mental Health

Liverpool County FA is committed to ensuring that all involved with grassroots football locally have access to mental health support.

Access Support