Safeguarding Children & Club Welfare
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 behavior that the Respect programme is designed to address. Or it might be due to some other kind of abusive behavior 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.
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 share your success.
How do I Report a Concern?
Graeme Le Saux offers advice on how to deal with a concern about a child, please take a few minutes to see what he has to say and help us to share this film more widely with parents/careers and club officials. Send them the link and together we can help to keep youth football fantastic.
The FA & JFA seeks to do everything it can to support a safe and enjoyable framework for football. This means, if standards ever fall short with poor practice or unacceptable behavior, there’s a framework in place to make sure we can deal with it. 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 or the behavior of an adult towards a child or young person under 18 years of age in football, is required to refer it to The FA Safeguarding team. The team is staffed by professionals who are experienced in dealing with these concerns.
Referring a concern can be done via your club, league or County FA Welfare Officer?Robert.Lawrence@JerseyFA.com
Call the States of Jersey Police New Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
MASH is an umbrella organisation set up to oversee safeguarding concerns for children and young people in Jersey. See This video for more information: MASH Video
The MASH allows agencies to work together more closely, ensuring that information is shared appropriately, and that responses are timely and coordinated.
The setting-up of the MASH in Jersey follows a number of successful launches in different parts of the UK, including a pilot model in Devon and subsequent initiatives in Staffordshire, Norfolk and Birmingham, as well as some London Boroughs.
Staff from these organisations can be contacted by telephone on 519000 or by email at enquiries-MASH@gov.je
Other Useful Numbers include:
- States of Jersey Police: 612 612
- Victim Support: 44 0496
- NSPCC Jersey: 738 143
- Jersey FA Welfare Officer Alan Williams: 07797839466
Get your FA Safeguarding QualificationThe FA seeks to build a safe, enjoyable and inclusive environment for all children and young people, whether they are players, young referees or qualified coaches.
To help guide those working with children and young people, The FA provides courses in safeguarding children. Sometimes these are required as part of a qualification e.g. for coaches and referees, however there are courses suitable for everyone, whatever their role.
All FA safeguarding courses are football focused and child-centered; they are relevant, engaging and designed to help learners act appropriately and with confidence.
For details on the next Safeguarding Children course visit our coach education directory: Apply for Safeguarding Course
Get Your Criminal Record Checks
As part of our safeguarding children strategy, The FA requires those working in eligible* roles with children and young people to pass a criminal records check. This is in line with legislation and government guidance and is standard practice.
We provide the framework and guidance for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks in football and the leagues and clubs then have to implement this to ensure that those who are required to have checks done, do so. The majority of checks are processed electronically, ensuring that people can be confirmed to work with children and young people swiftly. Where the check highlights relevant information, this is investigated further and a risk assessment is carried out to establish whether or not they will be accepted to work with children and young people in football.
For information on how to begin processing you CRC with the JFA and the States of Jersey Police contact the county FA Welfare Officer Robert.Lawrence@JerseyFA.com
If you require any other information of safeguarding or welfare please contact the Jersey FA on 730433