New Designated Safeguarding Officer

Introducing our new Designated Safeguarding Officer

We would like to welcome Samantha Carey to our team

Samantha Carey recently joined Hertfordshire FA as Designated Safeguarding Officer following the departure of Richard Drake

We are pleased to announce that Samantha Carey has been appointed as our new Designated Safeguarding Officer. Sam brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, having previously held a number of safeguarding focused positions in the education sector over the last 15 years.

Sam is well acquainted with the role that safeguarding plays in grassroots football, having previously served as Welfare Officer for one of our local youth clubs.

The Designated Safeguarding Officer reports directly to our Chief Executive and works to ensure the Safeguarding Operating Standards are met and maintained across football in Hertfordshire, promoting The FA’s policies and procedures and supporting the volunteer workforce throughout the county to deliver best practice.

The role is central to our handling of any safeguarding issues, acting as the first point of contact for those within the game, from parents and carers through to league and club Welfare Officers. They also work closely with agencies such as the Police, Children’s Social Care and the NSPCC in reporting concerns and dealing with cases.

Sam joins us following the departure of Richard Drake, our long-standing former DSO who left us in October to take up a similar role with the Rugby Football Union. Despite leaving some particularly big shoes to fill, we are certain that Sam will be more than up to the challenge of continuing Richard’s excellent work in this area.  

Karl Lingham, Hertfordshire FA CEO said:

“Safeguarding is at the heart of how we operate at Hertfordshire FA and this role is vital in helping to ensure that football in Hertfordshire offers a safe and enjoyable environment for all. We are delighted to have appointed someone with Samantha’s knowledge and experience to the role and welcome her to the team.”

Samantha added:

“I am excited to be taking on this role at Hertfordshire FA and look forward to working with the fantastic volunteers across the county in delivering a positive environment for everyone to enjoy the game. If you have a question regarding safeguarding in football or would like to report a concern, please do not hesitate to get in touch.”

For support and advice on Safeguarding matters please contact Samantha by emailing or by calling 07538 990836.