Our goal is to have someone at every club in the country aware of safeguarding children and best practice, whether it's a professional club with an Academy or a grassroots youth side.
Safeguarding is about doing things properly and allowing children to enjoy the game without abuse of any kind. That means bullying, physical, emotional or sexual abuse and neglect.
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.
We work closely with The FA to ensure that all the relevant Safeguarding Children policies and practices are being adopted by all our youth leagues and clubs throughout the county in order to protect the children effectively, as well as the interests of our clubs. We want football in Worcestershire to take place in the safest possible environment.
For a full list of FA Guidances in helping you with Safeguarding please click HERE
The FA has a simple three part approach to help everyone:
• Getting the right people involved - carrying out references and DBS checks
• Creating a safe environment - Codes of conduct, education and best practice
• Promoting clear systems to deal with any concerns, policy and procedures
It is now a mandatory requirement for all Youth Clubs and Leagues to have a qualified Welfare Officer in place before Worcestershire FA will affiliate them.
For more information you can contact our County Welfare Officer:
Anna Konstantinides on 01905 827137 ext. 214
Or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org