Safeguarding children is about doing things the right way and doing things properly. The Safeguarding agenda is about 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 and 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.
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.
• 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.
Manchester Football Association is working with the FA as part of its National Game Strategy for 2008-12 and acting on legislation outlined in the Children’s Act (2004) and Every Child Matters.
Youth League Welfare Officers (Y.L.W.O) and Club Welfare Officers (C.W.O) must have;
• Been made mandatory from the season 2008 - 2009 for all Clubs and Leagues with youth teams.
• An ‘accepted’ enhanced CRB check.
• Completed The FA Safeguarding Children workshop (formerly known as Child Protection and Best Practice workshop).
• Completed The FAs Welfare Officer Workshop (WOW).
Manchester FA will then look to offer support and guidance by delivering Safeguarding Children, WOW Workshops and Advisory Groups.
Report sexual abuse
Reports of sexual abuse are sadly rife in the media currently. We take the protection and safety of our children very seriously. If you know of any child that is being abused you must report it. To do so, please click here.
For more information contact our County Welfare officer Helen Cullen firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0161 203 2995
Please download the FAQ document below for information on the Online Safeguarding Children Recertification Course.