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Vacancy - Designated Safeguarding Manager

Join our team and help ensure football is played in a safe environment.

The London Football Association is responsible for governing, safeguarding and developing football across the capital.

We were established in 1882 and have an incredibly rich and proud history. More recently we have been undergoing a period of very exciting transformation and modernisation through the delivery of our strategy – Harnessing the Power of Grassroots Football. 

At the heart of this strategy is a vision to harness the power of football to enrich more lives in London. We believe that this vision is more important and relevant than ever, as London adapts to and recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. We are passionate about the wider benefits that football can bring to society and we know that if we are to have any chance of delivering this vision, we must create the right environments for people to thrive.

The Designated Safeguarding Manger role is a key position in our business. As the governing body for football in London, it is our duty to ensure that all football played across the capital is a safe, enjoyable, and positive experience for the many children, young people and adults who regularly play, watch, coach, referee, and volunteer. This is our most important goal and without this foundation in place we are not able to deliver anything else. 

The Designated Safeguarding Manager will lead our safeguarding work. Reporting directly into the CEO, you will form a team of two as you will manage a Designated Safeguarding Officer. You will join a young, diverse, and dynamic organisation that cares passionately about the role grassroots football can play to change people’s lives. We value and develop our employees and promote several benefits such as staff development and training plans, a flexible working framework, and a generous pension scheme. 

Designated Safeguarding Manager


Hybrid working arrangements (minimum of one day per week at London FA’s office - Fulham, West London)

Job purpose:

To support delivery of The FA National Game Strategy and London Football Association Strategy 2020-2025 and annual operational plan.
To operationally manage and lead London FA’s safeguarding work, in line with legislation, FA safeguarding policy, procedures, regulations, standards and guidance.
To operationally manage and lead safeguarding and child protection concerns in a timely manner and in line with FA requirements and guidance. 
To operationally lead the implementation and maintenance of The FA’s Safeguarding Operating Standard for County FAs and driving safer practice across grassroots football in London.
To support the adoption of FA technology systems across grassroots football.   

To comply with FA rules, regulations, policies, procedures and guidance that are in place from time to time.

Experience and Skills:

Safeguarding qualification and/or relevant experience in a child protection, safeguarding, or welfare role. 
Knowledge of current safeguarding legislation, policy and practice relating to children and adults at risk. 
Clarity about what constitutes poor practice and abuse and how to manage cases effectively.  
Ability to deal constructively with people’s emotions (e.g., upset, distress, conflict, animosity). 
Capacity to handle confidential data/information sensitively.  
Ability to promote safer practice and the importance of safe and fun football environments.  
Effective prioritisation and time-management skills.  

To Apply

If you would like to apply for the role, please download the full job description, person specification and application form at the links below. Then please submit your completed application form to Paul.Bickerton@LondonFA.com by 5pm, Friday 22nd July 2022.

Interviews will be held on the afternoons of Monday 1st August/Tuesday 2nd August.

If you have any queries or would like an informal discussion about the role before submitting your application form, please email Paul Bickerton, CEO, at Paul.Bickerton@londonfa.com