Safeguarding Adults in Disability Football

The FA’s safeguarding framework has now been extended to support adult open-age disability football, providing policy, procedures, regulations and guidance.

While it’s important to recognise that adults may be at risk anywhere in the game, the Guidance Notes at the foot of this page focus on disability provision where there may be additional vulnerability. 

They cover various aspects of safeguarding adults in open-age disability football, such as the appointment of a Club Welfare Officer (Adult Disability Teams) and the adoption of a templated policy. They also signpost access to free online learning. There are also some easy-read documents written by and for people with learning disabilities.

It’s all part of providing a robust safeguarding framework around football, which is a fundamental aspect of The FA’s role – and that of its affiliated members.

Collectively we have an ongoing duty to ensure the game is a safe, positive and enjoyable experience for the millions of children, young people and adults who regularly play, watch, coach, referee and volunteer.

Our united approach to safeguard across the game is driven by a clear three-part strategy:


  • Implementing preventative safeguarding measures (such as safer recruitment) to create enjoyable, safe and inclusive football environments;
  • Making the reporting of concerns as easy as possible;
  •  Ensuring safeguarding, child protection and adult at risk concerns are investigated swiftly and thoroughly in conjunction with statutory agencies – and with demonstrable outcomes.

Safeguarding adults is everyone’s responsibility and getting this right will ensure safe access for everyone.
Follow the link below to view the complete directory:

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Nottinghamshire FA Safeguarding

Jane Hornby

Designated Safeguarding Officer

T: 0115 983 7400


Safeguarding Adults with Disability

Sophie Swanwick

FDO - Disability, Equality & Inclusion

T: 07970 329462


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Nottinghamshire FA Referral Sheet

Nottinghamshire FA Referral Sheet