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Reporting a concern about a child is everyone’s responsibility – here’s how you do it

This article was taken from the FA website, http://www.thefa.com/news/2016/Sep/21/reporting-concerns

Our FA film ‘Reporting Safeguarding Concerns’ and the corresponding PDF provide more detailed guidance.

Graeme Le Saux offers advice on how to deal with a concern about a child, please take a few minutes to see what he has to say and help us to share this film more widely with parents/carers and club officials. Send them the link and together we can help to keep youth football fantastic.

The FA seeks to do everything it can to support a safe and enjoyable framework for football.

This means if standards ever fall short with poor practice or unacceptable behaviour, there’s a framework in place to make sure we can deal with it. By reporting a concern you can help us make sure that the youth game stays safe and strong.

Anyone who has a concern about the welfare of a child or the behaviour of an adult towards a child or young person under 18 years of age in football, is required to refer it to The FA Safeguarding team. The team is staffed by professionals who are experienced in dealing with these concerns.

Referring a concern can be done via your club, league or County FA – all will have a designated safeguarding officer (DSO). Alternatively, you can email us directly via safeguarding@thefa.com.

If the matter is urgent and you cannot contact your club or County FA designated safeguarding officer, you can call The NSPCC 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 – or if it is an emergency because a child or children are at immediate risk, then call the police or children’s social care in your area.

If you are concerned that someone may be behaving inappropriately or seeking to groom a child in an online environment, then please use the CEOP reporting button that will take you directly to the team at the National Crime Agency, as well as informing your County FA or The FA via safeguarding@thefa.com

We want you to feel confident in football and to know that your child will have fun and be safe.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Non-action is not an option.

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