BUILD A SAFE AND FUN ENVIRONMENT
Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility – including the Derbyshire FA as football's governing body in the county.
Creating fun, safe football environments is central to safeguarding children. Most children and young people have a fantastic experience through football – but sadly, some don't. This might be down to over-competitive parents and coaches shouting and constantly criticising them from the sidelines (the kind of behaviour that the 'RESPECT' programme is designed to address), or it might be due to some other kind of abusive behaviour towards them.
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and having welfare officers in all clubs and leagues with youth teams is crucial to The FA’s simple three-part approach to safeguarding.
- Getting the right people involved (seeking references and DBS checks).
- Creating a safe environment (codes of conduct, education, and best practice).
- Promoting clear systems to deal with any concerns (policies and procedures).
We now have a designated volunteer workforce of Welfare Officers who promote and oversee best practice in safeguarding. All clubs with youth sections and youth leagues are required by The FA to have an appointed club or youth league Welfare Officer. The club or youth league Welfare Officer is in place to improve practices at the club and be the first point of contact for any concerns relating to children or vulnerable adults.