The whole of football at every level will join forces on Saturday and Sunday 1 and 2 October 2022 to promote Play Safe.
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The whole of football at every level will join forces on Saturday and Sunday 1 and 2 October 2022 to promote Play Safe – football’s national campaign to focus attention of the vital importance of safeguarding in our national game.
The campaign is officially supported by the NSPCC as well as the Premier League, EFL, Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship.
This year’s focus remains on the key role of parents/carers in safeguarding, with two main messages being conveyed:
Are you aware of the vital safeguarding role you play in football?
Please take the new, short and free safeguarding course specifically developed for parents/carers, which can be accessedhere
Whatever your role in football – whether an active participant or an administrator – please remember safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
"Play Safe naturally aligns with and shows our support for the NSPCC’s Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport Week campaign.” So whatever your role in football – whether an active participant or an administrator – please remember safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. For Example: If you’re a coach working with children: • Is your DBS Check up to date? • Are you up to date with The FA’s ‘Safeguarding Children’ course? • Do you regularly check-in with your players and help them to feel safe to share their thoughts and speak up about any concerns? • Are you following safe practice when communicating with under-18s for example via social media and in your coaching sessions?
If you’re a board or committee member at a club or league: • Have you taken or refreshed The FA’s ‘Safeguarding for Committee’ members’ course? • Does your club have a formal welcome process for new players and their parents/carers? • Are all your club’s safeguarding policies and procedures up to date? • Are your club welfare officers contact details widely available? • Is safeguarding a constant item on your main meeting agendas and in your club’s day-to-day practices? • Does your club encourage openness and ensure that members adhere to the codes of conduct and acceptable behaviours?
If you’re a parent/carer: • Do you know your child’s club welfare officer? • If so, do you have their telephone number in your phone, as well as that of the NSPCC? • Are you up to speed with your child’s club’s safeguarding policies and procedures? • Have you taken The FA’s free online ‘Safeguarding Awareness for Parents/Carers’ course? • Do you regularly check-in with your child to see what they are enjoying/not enjoying and why?
If you’re a club or league welfare officer: • Do you know who your County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer is? • If so, do you have their telephone number in your phone? • Have you reviewed your club’s or league’s safeguarding policies and procedures recently? • Are you proactively encouraging parents/carers to do the free FA ‘Safeguarding Awareness for Parents/Carers’ course?
For more information on the safeguarding framework The FA has in place, together with numerous helpful guidance notes, please click here.
If you are worried about a child, it’s vital you report your concerns. Doing nothing is not an option. It’s also important you stay calm, and if any child is present, reassure them they are not to blame. But don’t make promises of confidentiality or outcome. There are five ways to report a concern:
1. To your club or league designated safeguarding officer – please find out from your club who these people are;
2. To your County FA designated safeguarding officer. Click here for a list of County FA contacts;
3. By emailing The FA safeguarding team at safeguarding@TheFA.com;
4. If urgent and you cannot contact your club, league or County FA designated safeguarding officer, you can contact the NSPCC Helpline for expert advice and support on 0808 800 5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
5. 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.
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