Safeguarding Updates

Safeguarding In Derbyshire

The FA’s 3-Part Safeguarding Strategy 

Creating a Safe Environment

We are committed to ensuring everyone involved in football across Derbyshire is able to do so in a safe environment, by providing FA Safeguarding Children Courses and Welfare Officer Workshops as well as bespoke best practice and Resect workshops in Clubs and Leagues, which will raise awareness of suitable behaviour and more importantly, highlight how to report concerns within football.

We also carry out validation visits at clubs and league venues to ensure good practice is taking place and that safeguarding commitments are being met.

If you would like any guidance or advice on creating a safe environment in your club please contact Cath Morton, County Welfare Officer on


Getting the Right People Involved

We work with all Clubs and Leagues to ensure that any individual in a role that involves teaching, mentoring, training or supervising on a regular basis carries out an FA Criminal Record Check.

If you are a volunteer within a club that has youth teams, your first point of call should be your Club Welfare Officer. Your Club Welfare Officer will be able to help you start your CRC as well as complete the verification of documents required as part of the CRC process.

If you are a referee and need to obtain or renew a CRC, you will need to contact Cath Morton or Ryan Haynes on 01332 361422 to get you started. You will need to be able to provide the documents you wish to use to us in order to complete the verification process.

With these measures in place, along with the option of completing an FA Safeguarding Children Workshop, we can help keep football safe, not sorry.


Creating Clear Systems

It is vital that there are clear reporting systems in place in football to ensure that any poor practice or safeguarding concerns are investigated properly.

Each Club and League with a junior section needs to have a qualified Welfare Officer in place in order to complete the affiliation process. They will then be the point of contact for poor practice concerns.

If the concern is more serious than poor practice or it is outside of football, then you can contact Cath Morton, County Welfare Officer, or a relevant statutory agency. For more information please view the ‘I have a safeguarding concern what should I do?’ FAQ below.

Everyone has a responsibility to report any safeguarding concerns

Reporting Concerns

Have a concern that you would like to report?

All concerns will investigated thoroughly and will remain confidential.

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 Adam Jones (Senior Safeguarding Lead) and/ or Dawn Heron (Safeguarding Board Champion).

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.