Safeguarding / CRCs / Welfare

Safeguarding is wider than child protection and relates to promoting the welfare of children and protecting them from harm. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

 Safeguarding Children

There are 3 steps to ensure the safeguarding of children within football:

  1. CRC checks completed for those working with children, click here for info
  2. Using education to help build a safe environment, click here for info
  3. Following the correct policy and procedures

Building an enjoyable, safe and inclusive environment within football is key to the safeguarding of children.

The majority of young people and children have an enjoyable experience through football but unfortunately this isn’t the case for everyone.

For further information from the FA about safeguarding in football click here

Most people who get involved in football do so for the right reasons. It is important that football recognizes it has a responsibility to safeguard and protect all children and young people who are involved in football. For more information about recruiting the right people click here.

If you have previously completed a safeguarding workshop and need to recertify please click here for the online safeguarding recertification user guide.

The FA has developed an Online Safeguarding course designed specifically for key club officials for more information about this course click here.

If you are a Welfare Officer and need to register as a verifier please click here.

To download and view The FA's safeguarding policies and procedures click here or view related documents below.

CEOP click this button if you have a concern you want to report.

Any concerns can be reported through the Cambridgeshire FA by emailing, alternatively the NSPCC have a 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000

 Safeguarding and Welfare Courses

For more information on our Safeguarding Children or Welfare Officer Workshops please click here



Please see below for a number of resources that will enable you to make your club a safer environment:


U18’s being on the ball

PANTS - The NSPCC Underwear rule

Making a report with CEOP – online protection

Become a Referee
We Can Play
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