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Safeguarding Children



Every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in football.

Durham County Schools’ Football Association recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is determined to meet its obligations to ensure that those Associations and schools providing football opportunities for children and young people do so to the highest possible standard of care.

Every child or young person (defined as any person under the age of 18) who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in football. The DCSFA is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all children and young people to participate in the sport to the best of their abilities for as long as they choose to do so.

The Safeguarding Children Policy is supported by the FA’s Respect Programme to address verbal abuse and bullying of youngsters by Parents/Carers, spectators and coaches.


  • The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration.
  • All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, faith or sexual orientation.
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • Working in partnership with other organisations (*see below), children and young people and their Parents/Carers is essential.

DCSFA is committed to working in partnership with the ESFA, LEA, Police, Children’s Services Departments, Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) in accordance with their procedures. This is essential to enable these organisations to carry out their statutory duties to investigate concerns and protect all children and young people.

The DCSFA’s Safeguarding Children Policy is in response to government legislation and guidance, developed to safeguard the welfare and development of children and young people.

*All affiliated associations / schools / colleges / academies will have their own Safeguarding Policy in place as it is recognised that in many instances the school/college/academy Safeguarding Lead will be the first point of contact in the event of an alleged incident.  Close liaison with these colleagues is essential.

The name and contact details for the DCSFA’s CWO will appear on all correspondence with Parents/Carers.

February 2021

Other DCSFA Safeguarding Documentation

Anti bullying Policy Child Protection Policy
Criteria for DCSFA Team Manager Photography Policy
Risk Assessment for Cup Finals Risk Assessment for County Matches
Trials: COVID 19 Risk Assessment Trials: Control Measures
Trials: Risk Assessment Trials: Team Selection Policy
Safeguarding Policy Social Media Statement
Social Media & Communicating to U18s Using Texts & Emails with U18s

Risk Assessments for Specific Venues

Downhill Hub, Sunderland
Washington Hub

Links to where other important Safeguarding and Child Welfare information can be found

Football Association: Safeguarding - Rules and Regulations
Football Association: Inclusion and Anti-discrimination
Durham FA: Safeguarding and Welfare
ESFA: Child Welfare
ESFA: Policies including Whistleblowing
NSPCC: The UK's children's charity
NSPCC: Child protection in Sport Unit

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