Safeguarding and Welfare

English football takes safeguarding extremely seriously. The ongoing work to make the game as safe and enjoyable as possible is led by The FA, the game’s governing body in this country. This work is delivered through County FAs such as ourselves in conjunction with leagues and clubs.

A clear safeguarding strategy has been put in place by English football to protect people involved in the national game. It is complete with policies, procedures and regulations. Every club in the country must adhere to the policies which apply to them. If not, they face sanctions, including suspension from playing.
Within this section of our website, you'll find all the necessary information, policies and guidance relating to safeguarding and welfare to ensure you stay on top of your club or leagues safeguarding responsibilities.

If you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact:

Matt Hodgson, Designated Safeguarding Officer on 01626 325919 or email or, email our Safeguarding inbox -

Our normal working hours are 9am – 5pm from Monday to Friday.  If your request is urgent please contact our main office on 01626 332077.

If you have an urgent Safeguarding enquiry then please call The FA/NSPCC 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 – or 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.

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FA Safeguarding Page

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Key Roles of a Welfare Officer

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FA CRC Guidance

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Safeguarding Policy and Procedures