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.

(11/01/2020) Following the suspension to football, at this time no DBS verifications are to be completed. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service require this process to be conducted face to face and any travel to do this is not deemed as essential. At this time you are also unable to meet with others outside of your household. 

This hold is to ensure compliance with the new Government national lockdown restrictions. 

We encourage clubs to continue to submit applications where required, however they must be left at the verification stage at this time. 

The FA will assess this situation on or shortly after the national lockdown eases and we will communicate any further updates regarding DBS verifications. 

For any enquiries relating to DBS checks and verification, please contact

Alex Wilson
(Assistant Designated Safeguarding Officer)

Mobile: 07720591755

Lewis Warren (Designated Safeguarding Officer)

Mobile: 07525237348

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.
Referee talks to young volunteers.

Safeguarding for Referees

All the information referees require regarding safeguarding.


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