Coaching youth players

Safeguarding and Welfare


The on-going work to make the game as safe and enjoyable as possible is led by The FA, the game’s governing body in this country and is delivered through London FA in conjunction with leagues and clubs in the capital.

On this page you'll find resources that can assist in making grassroots football safer.

If you have an urgent concern that needs immediate attention outside of our working hours, please contact the NSPCC's 24 hour helpline on 0808 800 5000

Under 18?

Childline offers free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help - 0800 1111.

Please remember that if a child or young person is in immediate danger, ALWAYS call 999.

DBS Process and Verification During Office Closure - 20 MARCH 2020

As you may be aware the London Football Association offices have now been closed until further notice and all staff are now working from home.

This has meant that the process for DBS verification has become slightly more difficult as many applicants attend the office to have documents verified.

Currently, we are unable to complete these verifications at our offices and contact has been made with our local verifiers advising them that, if they are happy to continue conducting the verification process, then we are grateful. However, we are aware that, due to the current climate, many will not wish to undertake the verification checks. 

The London Football Association has sought guidance from The English Football Association, who have advised that the verification process is something that is being reviewed currently and further updates will be provided in future. 

We are aware that this change will have a knock on effect for clubs; however, as soon as we receive further news, we will be in touch to update you all. 

Safeguarding contacts

Phone: 0207 610 8360 (Mon - Fri, 10am - 4pm)

Mobile: 07525 237348 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm)


Phone: 0207 610 8360 (Mon - Fri, 10am - 4pm)
Mobile: 07720591755 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm)

Phone: 0207 610 8360 (Mon - Fri, 10am - 4pm)


Criminal Record Checks (CRC) in Football

The FA requires those working in eligible roles with children and young people to pass a criminal records check. This is in line with legislation and government guidance and is standard practice.
The FA

Safeguarding & Welfare Workshops

FA Safeguarding Children Workshops, FA Welfare Officer Workshops and Safeguarding For Committee Members Online Workshop
London Leopards

The Key Role of Welfare Officers

If you are interested about the role and are considering becoming a Welfare Officer then the following information is for you
Taking Safeguarding Online

Taking Safeguarding Online

Get guidance on how to practice safeguarding online.
Safeguarding and Welfare

Safeguarding Policies and Reporting Concerns

The policies, procedures and regulations we enforce to make our game safe and enjoyable for all.

Best Practice

Your guide to running a supportive environment for all ages.
Footballer looks to control the ball.

Safeguarding In Open-Age Adult Football

Information regarding safeguarding in open-age adult football.