Stalbridge Youth FC

Stalbridge Youth FC - Safeguarding your Child



Everyone involved in football has a part to play to ensure children can play in a safe and enjoyable environment. County FAs, club committees, designated safeguarding officers, coaches,  referees and parents/guardians all are key to ensuring football has effective safeguards in place.

The FA is committed to:
- Implementing preventative safeguarding measures (including DBS Checks and safeguarding training). 
- Making the reporting of concerns as easy as possible (via a network of club welfare officers).
- Ensuring safeguarding concerns are investigated swiftly and thoroughly, working with statutory agencies (via football’s network of Designated Safeguarding Officers and The FA’s Case Management Team).

What can parents/guardians expect?
All affiliated clubs must have a Safeguarding Children Policy, a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) who has been DBS checked and safeguarding trained. 
The Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and CWO must have completed The FA's free ‘Safeguarding for Committee Members’ course. 
All managers/coaches must be named against the team they are involved with on The FA’s system, must be DBS checked and safeguarding trained.  

What can parents/guardians do?
Firstly, it’s important to know who is helping your child play football, understanding what’s expected of your child and in turn how you and their coaches are expected to behave.  
A well run club will be happy to share how they organise things, so go ahead and ask, check out the Club’s website and social media pages as these will also give you some insights to the Club.
You might be offered parent/guardian and/or player ‘welcome packs’, player ‘taster sessions’ and pre-season parent/guardian meetings. All are helpful in getting to know exactly what’s on offer. 

What if I have a safeguarding concern?
If you are worried about a child, it’s vital you report your concerns. 
There are five ways to do this:
- To your club or league Designated Safeguarding Officer (usually referred to as the club welfare officer in grassroots football)
- To your County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer; Zoe Pollard 01202 688281/07908 647052;
- By emailing The FA Safeguarding Team at 
- If urgent and you cannot contact your club, league or County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer, you should call the NSPCC 24 hour helpline on 0808 800 5000;
- If it is an emergency because a child or children are at immediate risk, then call the Police or Children’s Social Care in your area.

What children have told us:
9 in 10 children play better with positive encouragement' (FA Respect research 2017/2018).
Allowing the coach to coach, the children to play and learn, whilst openly applauding effort are what we would encourage every parent/guardian to do.
It’s about having fun in a safe and supportive environment.

You have a right and a responsibility to ensure that your child is safe at all times.

Led by a network of 8,500 welfare officers, clubs aim to provide a safe and fun environment for all. 

If you want to play your part, we would encourage you to ask your child’s club the following questions:

·I-  - Is my child’s coach Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked, FA trained and qualified?

·    - How can I get a copy of the club's safeguarding policy and procedures?

·    - Who is the Club Welfare Officer (CWO) for my child’s team and how do I contact them?

·    - What is the role of the CWO?

·    - What should I do if I have a complaint?

·    - If I have a concern about a child or someone’s behaviour towards a child what should I do?

·    - Do you have club Codes of Conduct  and where can I view them?

·    - How will you communicate with me/my child?

·    - If appropriate – How will you support my child’s medical/additional needs?


The FA would not expect clubs to:
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scourage you from staying to watch or from becoming involved. 
- Allow club officials to operate independently of the club. 

Have coaches showing favouritism or personally rewarding specific children.
Accept inappropriate physical contact between coaches and players.
A 'win at all costs' attitude that impacts a child’s wellbeing.
Have coaches who invite players to spend time alone with them or to visit or stay in their home.


If you think any of these behaviours are happening, please contact your child’s club welfare officer,
County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer; Zoe Pollard 01202 688281/07908 647052, or by emailing The FA Safeguarding Team at

If urgent and you cannot contact your club, league or County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer, you should call the NSPCC 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000.

If it is an emergency because a child is at immediate risk, then call the Police or your Children’s Social Care in your area.

(Revised May 2019)