Safeguarding and Welfare

Safeguarding and Welfare FAQ's

If the course took place more than 14-days ago, please contact Derbyshire FA via who will look in to the matter. Please provide the individuals full name, FAN and date of the course.

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.

Our County Welfare and Respect Lead Officer, Cath Morton, would be happy to deliver a bespoke workshop to your club/ league. Please contact her directly on

If your concern 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 Cath Morton (County Welfare Officer, Derbyshire FA) by email to

If you have witnessed something in football that concerns you that does not involve your football club then please email your concerns to Cath Morton, County Welfare Officer

Following receipt of a poor practice or safeguarding referral, Cath 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 or Children’s Social care in your area.

Derby – First Response team - 01332 641172

Derbyshire - Starting Point - 01629 533190

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

If Cath Morton (County Welfare Officer) is not available then safeguarding issues will be dealt with by Dawn Heron (Senior Safeguarding Lead) or Adam Jones (Deputy Safeguarding Officer). Derbyshire FA also has a Board Safeguarding Champion who is Gary Parkin.

If you are a member of the FA Licensed Coaches Club you can undertake a FA CRC through Derbyshire FA. Please contact Cath Morton by emailing

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 who will send you the relevant details you need to set yourself up as a verifier.

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.

Get In Touch

Jenny Blewitt | Designated Safeguarding Officer

Cath Morton | County Welfare Officer & Respect Lead Officer

Phone: 01332 361 422 (Option 4)

9am - 4pm Monday - Friday