Safeguarding & North Riding FA

Safeguarding & North Riding FA

Building a safe and inclusive environment for all

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 FA's 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 and policies on safeguarding and welfare, social media guidance, local initiatives and details on upcoming courses and workshops to ensure you stay on top of your club or leagues safeguarding responsibilities. 

Safeguarding at North Riding FA

The North Riding FA offers a range of safeguarding services and training to help create a safe and enjoyable football experience for everyone.

We ensure safeguarding requirements are met as a requirement of club affiliation and we support clubs to maintain these standards. This includes making unannounced safeguarding visits to clubs.

We deal with safeguarding concerns, or any concerns with poor behaviour towards children and young people and we liaise with clubs and leagues to ensure children enjoy their football in a safe environment. All concerns reported to us regarding poor practice or abuse are dealt with sensitively and appropriately.

If you see anything that concerns you please report HERE and North Riding County’s Safeguarding Officer will look into addressing appropriately.


North Riding FA Safeguarding Team

Senior Safeguarding Lead: Steven Wade
Designated Safeguarding Officer: Clair Shield
Deputy Safeguarding Officer: Jasmine Morris
Board Safeguarding Champion: Angie Casterton


Safeguarding Courses

We offer a range of safeguarding services and training to help create a safe and enjoyable football experience for everyone.


Obtaining An FA DBS

Every coach within the Youth game is required to hold a valid and in-date FA Specific DBS. To find out how to obtain a DBS, please download the documents below:

Team Coaches and managers should contact their club welfare officer.

Referees, club welfare officers and open-age clubs should contact the Designated Safeguarding Officer at North Riding FA.

DBS Integration - Applicant Manual

More about DBS from the FA


Worried? Scared? Need Someone To Talk To?

ClairOur safeguarding team can be contacted on the details below:

Clair Shield

Designated Safeguarding Officer

07702 736701

Jasmine Morris

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer

07758 133529


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If you are concerned, get in touch or call NSPCC's 24 hour helpline on 0808 800 5000.