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.


Following the recent relaxation of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, the FA have now been able to update and amend the guidance for carrying out face-to-face Identity Document (ID) Verification for DBS Checks.

We are pleased to report that face-to-face ID document verification can now restart, provided that the verifier and those requiring their ID to be verified observe all government guidelines. This welcome change now allows us to complete the required checks as far in advance of a season start date as possible, therefore avoiding a potential backlog of checks.

Please note that all youth clubs will now require coaches/managers/first aiders with an FA Accepted in-date DBS before London FA can approve your affiliation. 

For those clubs who have started their affiliation application, please inform all your members that  require a DBS they are now able to start their application through the Club PIN.

As such, the London FA will be offering bookable slots for participants to have their documents verified by members of staff at our office in Fulham in the first instance. We hope to bring you more information on how to book these slots and the safety precautions we are taking in the next two weeks.


We are also planning in future to expand these verification slots across other venues in London, to get a better geographical spread.

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.
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Safeguarding In Open-Age Adult Football

Information regarding safeguarding in open-age adult football.