Safeguarding and Welfare


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.

This includes:

  • 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.

Get In Touch

Jenny Blewitt | Designated Safeguarding Officer

Phone: 01332 261422

Mobile: 07507 427548

Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm)

Safeguarding and Welfare FAQs

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

If you are a member of the FA Licensed Coaches Club you can undertake an FA DBS through the Derbyshire FA.

Please contact us for information by emailing

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

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