BUILD A SAFE AND FUN ENVIRONMENT
As football’s governing body in Derbyshire, safeguarding is a fundamental aspect of the County FA’s role, and that of its affiliated members.
Collectively we have an ongoing duty to ensure the game is a safe, positive and enjoyable experience for the children, young people and adults who regularly play, watch, coach, referee and volunteer.
Most 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 side lines (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 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 and youth league welfare officer. The welfare officers are in place to improve practices at the club and be the first point of contact for any concerns relating to children or adults at risk of harm.