Safeguarding and Welfare

All the information to help safeguard in football

Here you will find all the information about safeguarding in Nottinghamshire, we are committed to keeping football fun and safe for all.

If you cannot find the answers to what you are looking for or have an immediate concern you wish to report please contact Nottinghamshire FA Safeguarding immediately. 

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE FA SAFEGUARDING 

Contact hours 
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

E: Safeguarding@NottinghamshireFA.com

T: 0115 983 7400

FAQs

The online system shows the completion of the DBS process. Once that process is completed the FA makes its decision based on the content. There can be a few weeks delay between completion of the DBS process and it showing as accepted on Whole Game System. 

The DBS certificate is not a certificate of acceptance it is just part of the process. The only way to see if they are accepted is on member services. 

If your course is poor practice in relation to your club please contact your Club Welfare Officer. If you do not know who your Club Welfare Officer is, you have already spoken to them, or are concerned how a concern has been dealt with, please contact us by sending an email to safeguarding@nottinghamshirefa.com

If you have witnessed something in football that concerns you that does not involve your football club then please email your concerns to safeguarding@nottinghamshirefa.com Julia.crone@nottinghamshirefa.com

 

Following receipt of a poor practice or safeguarding referral, we will fully investigate and liaise with the relevant individuals and organisations, which may include Club/League Welfare Officers, Leagues, FA Case Management and statutory agencies including Local Authority Designated Officers (LADO’s) so that appropriate action can be taken.

If your concern is of a serious nature please contact The FA/NSPCC helpline on 0808 056 0566 or if it is an emergency because a child or children are at immediate risk, then call the Police 999 or Children’s Social care in your area.

 

Nottingham MASH (Multi Agency Support Hub)  – 0300 500 8090

0900-1700 hrs

Nottingham MASH Out of Hours – 03000 456 4546.

 

If you are a victim of historical sexual abuse in football, please call 0800 023 2642

If our Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) Julia Crone is unavailable, then the issue will be dealt with by the next member of staff in the NCFA Safeguard Team, which is outlined in the 'Meet The Team' section of our website.

Any individual who has previously attended a FA safeguarding workshop can renew online. The online course can be found by logging in to LMS with your FAN and password. The course can be found under the Active Learning and Required Learning tabs. 

We would be happy to deliver a bespoke workshop to your club/league, please contact us for more information by sending an email to safeguarding@nottinghamshirefa.com.

If you are a member of the FA Licensed Coaches Club you can undertake a FA CRC through Nottinghamshire FA. Please contact us for information by emailing safeguarding@nottinghamshirefa.com.

The system recognises your email as the verifier so you will need to use a different email address to register as an applicant. 

FA Safeguarding table of required training

CRC, Welfare Officer Workshop (online), Safeguarding Children Workshop (online safeguarding children course if previous attendance on the SCW) & Safeguarding for Committee Members.  

If the course took place more than 14 days ago please contact Nottinghamshire FA via footballeducation@nottinghamshireFA.com who will look into the matter. Please provide details of full name, FAN and date of course. 

(Please leave 14 days between completing the course before contacting that it is not showing.)

Please contact your local County FA (Nottinghamshire) at INFO@NOTTINGHAMSHIREFA.COM for guidance. 

If you are on the Whole Game System as the CWO, contact fachecks@thefa.com to register as the verifier. 

If you are listed on the WGS as a Welfare Officer, have completed all mandatory qualifications and hold a valid FA CRC, you will be able to email fachecks@thefa.com who will send you the relevant details you need to set yourself up as a verifier.

I’m concerned about the historic safeguarding allegations that have been in the news - What action have The FA taken?

For more information on the work of the football workforce since the historic allegations, please click here to download a document.

Football takes the safety and welfare of children extremely seriously; shown by the fact the game has robust checks and processes in place. However, the allegations of child sexual abuse that have come to light since November 2016 have seen us increase our efforts to ensure every child and young person has a safe and fun experience playing or participating in the game.

To do this, we currently carry out safeguarding validation visits to ensure that Clubs are meeting their commitment to safeguarding.

Throughout each season, Clubs will be visited to ensure that everyone working with young people;

1. Is listed on the FA Whole Game System

2. Has a valid FA Criminal Records Check

3. Has an in date FA Safeguarding Certification.

Safeguarding validation visits are an opportunity for us to meet and engage with coaches and parents to make sure they are fully aware of safeguarding in football. During these visits, coaches, parents and officials are also asked some simple questions to ensure that everyone understands the clear reporting systems in place and the FA processes for safeguarding in football

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