Report A Safeguarding Concern
THE FA SEEKS TO DO EVERYTHING IT CAN TO SUPPORT A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE FRAMEWORK FOR FOOTBALL.
By reporting a concern you can help us make sure that the youth game stays safe and strong.
Anyone who has a concern about the welfare of a child and or the behaviour of an adult towards a child or young person under 18 years of age in football, is required to refer it to the Devon FA Safeguarding Team. The team is staffed by professionals who are experienced in dealing with these concerns.
To report a concern follow this guidance:
HIGH THRESHOLD CASES
If the concern can be categorised as:
- Sexual Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Physical Abuse
You must email email@example.com
If it is an emergency because a child or children are at immediate risk, then call the police or children’s social care.
If the concern involves possible or actual risk of harm to children, you must you can call The NSPCC 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000
For more information about reporting a concern and what is a high threshold case follow these links
For any other concerns which do not meet the high threshold level and does not involve possible or actual risk of harm to children, you can report it via the poor practice referral form below.
Please note – If your concern relates to a potential breach of FA Disciplinary Regulations, please report it via the Disciplinary Report Form below. Examples of a potential breach would be:
- Player, Manager, Coach, referee using foul and abusive language at a match
- Manager / Coach entering the field of play during the match
- Spectators behaving poorly from the touchline
Why it's important to report child abuse and neglect
Advice from NSPCC
There are lots of reasons why you might not want to report your concerns. You might be worried you're wrong. Or you don't want to get a friend or family member in trouble. You might be scared or worried you won't be believed.
But if you don't share your concerns, you risk a child being in danger and continuing being abused. By reporting it, you're taking the first step to helping keep them safe and getting the support they need. Every child and young person deserves to be safe.
You don't have to be certain, you don't have to know for sure. Speak to the NSPCC and share your concerns – they'll offer advice, take the next steps if they need to and help put your mind at ease.