Safeguarding Children is everyone's responsibility.

Football and Sport in general helps children and young people to grow healthily and develop personally, socially, emotionally and physically. It offers them the opportunity to break down barriers and create friends. To do this we need to provide a positive, fun and safe environment for all.

Our goal at the Worcestershire FA is to ensure that we provide this positive , fun and safe environment for boys and girls to experience football. If the adults involved in working with children and young people are positive role models displaying high moral and ethical standards, the benefit to young people’s development can be significant.

Safeguarding is about doing things appropriately and allowing children to enjoy the game without abuse of any kind. This could include bullying, physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect.

Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents/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.

We work closely with the FA to ensure that football in Worcestershire is focused on implementing best practice across the county to ensure that child welfare is of paramount consideration. We work closely to ensure that all relevant safeguarding children policies and practices are implemented across all youth leagues in the county to protect children.

Should you have any questions or queries or concerns regarding safeguarding issues please contact Anna-Maria Konstantinides, County Welfare Officer on 01905 827137 ext.214 or email anna.konstantinides@worcestershirefa.com