Lets make football safe, not sorry.
Gloucestershire FA is committed to its responsibilities to safeguarding the welfare of all young people involved in grassroots football
We fully support and appreciate our team of dedicated volunteer Club and League Welfare Officers working towards maintaining a safe and fun environment for young people who play, train, referee and coach.
We strongly believe in ‘listening to children and young people’ and that their views are really important.
Creating fun, safe football environments is central to safeguarding children.
Most children and young people have a fantastic experience through football – but sadly, some don't. This might be down to over-competitive parents and coaches shouting and constantly criticising them from the sidelines – the kind of behaviour that the Respect programme is designed to address. Or it might be due to some other kind of abusive behaviour towards them.
Safeguarding Children is everyone's responsibility and having Welfare Officers in all clubs and leagues with youth teams is crucial to The FA’s simple three part approach to safeguarding.
- Getting the right people involved - seeking 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.
We now have a designated volunteer workforce of Welfare Officers who promote and oversee best practice in Safeguarding Children.
All Clubs with youth sections and youth leagues are required by The FA to have an appointed Club or Youth League Welfare Officer.
The Club or Youth League Welfare Officer is in place to improve practices at the Club and be the first point of contact for any concerns relating to children or vulnerable adults.
If you have any concerns about a child or young persons welfare report it to your Club Welfare Officer or The Gloucestershire FA Designated Officer. Furthermore, you can contact The FA/ NSPCC's or The FA Safeguarding team, with the contact details in the box above.
Please remember that if a child or young person is in immediate danger, ALWAYS call 999.