The FA and the Royal Navy FA are committed to ensuring that every Club in the County is aware of child protection and best practice.

Safeguarding Statement

Every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in football. The FA recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. The FA is therefore committed to working in order to provide a safe environment for all children and young people to participate in the sport to the best of their abilities for as long as they choose to do so.

Key principles

• The child's welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration
• All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation
• All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
• Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents and carers is essential. The FA is committed to working in partnership with the Police, Social Services Departments and Local Safeguarding Children's Boards (LSCB) in accordance with their procedures. This is essential to enable these organisations to carry out their statutory duties to investigate concerns and protect all children and young people.

Grassroots football would not exist without the many thousands of volunteers involved today. Ensuring that we encourage those individuals that are suitable for the many roles football has to offer, is essential. Remember that a friendly, well run club is more likely to be successful in encouraging additional volunteers. However, we must not lose sight of the fact that anyone may have the potential to abuse children and young people. Therefore all reasonable steps must be taken to ensure unsuitable people are prevented from working with children and young people. Sound recruitment and selection procedures will help to screen out those who are not suitable to work in football.


Safeguarding Children Workshop

The Royal Navy FA offer support and guidance to safeguarding through delivery of the Safeguarding Children Workshop. This three hour workshop aims to encouage a safer environment for everyone, providing an opportunity to discuss some of the most important Child Protection issues in football. The aim is to explore what appropriate and inappropriate behaviour looks, sounds and feels like. Clear guidance is given on best practice in football and on what actions should be taken if there are worries about the welfare of a child or young person.

For further details of Safeguarding Chidren Workshops run by the RNFA click here.
For further details of Online Safeguarding Children re-certification process click here.



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