Safeguarding Children

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Safeguarding children is high on The FA's agenda. The goal is to have someone at every club in the country aware of child protection and best practice, whether it's a Premiership Club or a Sunday morning park side. Let’s make football safe, not sorry.

Safeguarding children is about doing things the right way, doing things properly. It's about allowing children to enjoy the game without abuse of any kind. That means bullying, physical, emotional or sexual abuse and neglect.

North Riding CFA believes football can have a powerful positive influence on children. But that means everyone involved in football must take on the responsibility of looking after those children that want to play the game.

Club Welfare Officers

At North Riding County FA we ensure that all Junior Clubs have a Club Welfare Officer that is qualified to the required FA standards with an enhanced FA CRC, Safeguarding Children Certificate as well as a Welfare Officer Workshop qualification. Training is topped up with quarterly forums and regular email updates.

From the 2017/2018 it is a requirement that Club Officials complete and Online Safeguarding for Committee Members Course to ensure that Safeguarding is embedded across a Club.

To book on to any of the training sessions stated above please see the Courses section of our website or alternatively click here.

Safeguarding Contacts

If you have any safeguarding queries please contact the North Riding County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO):
Jennie Bennett
T: 01642 717778
M: 07702 736701

Where Jennie is unavailable, our Senior Safeguarding Lead (SSL), Steven Wade can be contacted:

T: 01642 717778
M: 07872 469945

Are you a player who needs someone to talk to?

Your Club has a Club Welfare Officer who is your first port of call. Their details should be available on your Club Website and in your Club House. If you cannot contact your Club Welfare Officer or you would like to talk to someone else please contact Childline on 0800 11 11 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. There is always someone who can help.

The FA Website

The FA's Website has a number of safeguarding resources for Coaches and Clubs including policies on photography, social media, trips & tournaments, anti-bulling and more. Head over to their site to explore what's available!