Let's make football safe, not sorry
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Non-action is not an option
Ensuring the safety of young people and vulnerable adults involved in the game of football is a fundamental aspect of our role as governing body, but it is something that we cannot do alone.
Most children and young people have a positive experience playing the game - but sadly, some don't. This is why we all need to be vigilant to ensure our leagues and clubs are places where unacceptable behaviours are challenged and children supported.
The ongoing work to make the game as safe and enjoyable as possible is led by The FA, the game’s governing body in England. This work is delivered locally through County FAs such as ourselves, in conjunction with leagues and clubs.
There are three pillars on which The FA’s safeguarding strategy is built:
- People - safer recruitment and thorough Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks
- Raising awareness - extensive and appropriate safeguarding education and best practice guidance
- Dealing with concerns - making it easy to report concerns and investigating swiftly and thoroughly
In addition to having our own Designated Safeguarding Officer here at Hertfordshire FA, there is a volunteer workforce across the grassroots game who oversee activity in their organisations and promote best practice in safeguarding.
Every club with a youth section and all youth leagues are required to have a Welfare Officer. Should you have any concerns relating to safeguarding children, one of these should be your first point of contact.
If you would like to learn more about football's safeguarding framework, you can visit The FA Website or use the signposts below to find further information and resources.
Safeguarding AT HERtfordshire fa