Let's make football safe, not sorry.

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility – including the Sussex County FA’s as the game’s governing body in the county.

Creating fun, safe football environments is central to safeguarding children.

Most children and young people have a fantastic experience through football – but sadly, some don't. This might be down to over-competitive parents and coaches shouting and constantly criticising them from the sidelines - the kind of behaviour that the Respect programme is designed to address. Or it might be due to some other kind of abusive behaviour towards them.

Safeguarding Children is everyone's responsibility and having welfare officers in all clubs and leagues with youth teams is crucial to The FA’s simple three part approach to safeguarding. This includes:

• Getting the right people involved - seeking references and CRC checks.
• Creating a safe environment - codes of conduct, education and best practice.
• Promoting clear systems - to deal with any concerns - policy and procedures.

We now have a designated volunteer workforce of Welfare Officers who promote and oversee best practice in Safeguarding Children. All Clubs with youth sections and Youth Leagues are required by The FA to have an appointed Club or Youth League Welfare Officer. The Club or Youth League Welfare Officer is in place to improve practices at the Club and be the first point of contact for any concerns relating to children or vulnerable adults.

Spotlight on Success
If you feel your Club/League or Club/League Welfare Officer is going that extra mile and making your Club/League exceptional in creating a safe, enjoyable fun environment, please do let us know, giving details of what you are doing and how you are doing it. We would like to feature some good news and build a portfolio of excellent Safeguarding examples and celebrate your success.

For further details about Safeguarding Children, plus information on CRC's, Social Networking, Reporting your concerns, etc, please follow the links below:

Report your concerns

Welfare Officers

Online Safeguarding Service

• Safeguarding Education (Workshops and Recertification Course)

• Criminal Record Checks (CRCs)

Clubs' Safeguarding

Social networking, websites, mobile phone and email communications

Celebrating Football through Photographs and Video

The FA - Football Safe

If you have any safeguarding queries please contact the Sussex County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer:

Designated Safeguarding Officer
T: 01903 768578
M: 07525 667076