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Keeping Football Safe and Enjoyable

Safeguarding validation visits are currently taking place across Hertfordshire
Football takes the safety and welfare of children extremely seriously. Our goal is to ensure every child has a positive experience playing or participating in the game

As part of our efforts to keep football safe and enjoyable for all, we carry out validation visits to ensure that clubs are meeting their commitment to safeguarding by only allowing appropriately qualified individuals to work with young people.

A sample of clubs across the county will be selected for a safeguarding validation visit. During these visits our staff will meet with coaches to confirm that they:

1. Are listed on the FA Whole Game System
2. Have a valid Criminal Records Check, less than 3 years old
3. Have an in date FA Safeguarding Certification

Validation visits are also an opportunity for us to meet and engage with coaches, officials and parents to ensure that all are fully aware of the safeguarding processes in football and know what they should do if they have a concern.
Richard Drake, Designated Safeguarding Officer at Hertfordshire FA said:
“Safeguarding is not just about ensuring coaches have the necessary qualifications and CRC checks. While these are important preventative measures, they only form part of the strategy to protect young people involved in the game. 
Ensuring that parents and players understand the safeguarding processes that are in place is also vital, so that they know where to get help should an issue arise. Validation visits allow us to engage with clubs across both of these areas.”
For further information about safeguarding in Hertfordshire football please contact Richard Drake on 01462 650215 or email

Safeguarding at Hertfordshire FA

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