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Child Welfare – Information from the FA


The safeguarding of children and young people is the responsibility
of every adult in football. Every club has a responsibility to play its
part in ensuring it provides an experience that is fun, encouraging and
safe for everyone. It is therefore essential that every football club
has a Safeguarding Children Policy. This policy needs to be embraced and
understood by club members so that it becomes part of the club’s way of
thinking and working on a daily basis. By building the essence of the
policy into your club’s management and daily and weekly running of
activities, you will be developing a best practice approach, which will
benefit everyone involved with your club.

A club which is child-centred is more likely to have a well run and friendly environment which attracts more members.

Important Downloads

The following information is provided to help you to implement a Club
Safeguarding Children Policy. If you have any concerns or need for
clarification, please contact your County Football Association for

Where to start

  • As an affiliated football club you are required to comply with The
    FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures, so ensure that your
    club has an up-to-date copy. This can be obtained via
  • Consider what guidance and policies your club already has in place.
    It is likely that you are already doing much of what is required
  • Ensure that the club chairperson and committee are aware of the need
    for the policy and have a basic understanding of the
    implications.Appoint a designated person for safeguarding children (Club
    Welfare Officer or CWO). They will have the lead responsibility for
    safeguarding children within the club and can assist in implementing
    your policy • For further information refer to the Safeguarding Children
    Guidelines for appointing a CWO.

What next

  • An example of a Club Safeguarding Children Policy has been provided
    for you to adapt specifically for your club. All you need to do is to
    insert your club name where required Click here to download the template
  • Please note: Those clubs who have not yet chosen to appoint a CWO
    will need to cross out point six on the policy template or,
    alternatively, appoint a CWO. The CWO is expected to take a lead role in
    promoting this policy and helping members.

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