Safeguarding Best Practice and Guidance

Resources Accessible for National Safeguarding Weekend

Guidance Available at Online Hub for Best Welfare Practice

As part of football’s National Safeguarding Weekend on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st November 2021, we're highlighting the wealth of information, guidance, ideas and support which can be accessed on our website.

We place the safeguarding and welfare of young people high on our agenda, and visitors to our website can discover support and guidance for grassroots football clubs and leagues, or anyone keen to make the game safe and enjoyable For All.

Helping to ensure every participant can enjoy the game in a safe, fair and enjoyable environment, the online pages feature policies and details on how to report concerns, as well as social media guidance and essential news, plus forthcoming free workshops.

It’s important to remember that every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, or adult at risk, who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. Content in the ‘Safeguarding & Welfare’ section of this website includes: 

* Safeguarding Policies and Reporting Concerns: ongoing work to make the game as safe and enjoyable as possible, led by The FA, the game’s governing body
* Social Media Guidance: in today’s world, safeguarding children and young people applies as much online as it does face-to-face
* Safeguarding Update: important news and updates as they happen

We offer a range of safeguarding services and training to help create a safe and enjoyable football experience for everyone. We ensure safeguarding requirements are met as a requirement of club affiliation and support clubs to maintain these standards. Every club is required to endorse and adhere to The FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy.

Meanwhile, The FA are also often asked for advice and guidance to help clubs create fun, safe and inclusive environments. This advice, in the form of 'Guidance Notes', is available to download in themed-sections on their website.

They have gathered all the Guidance Notes (available via this page) as a complete directory for easy reference. You’ll find top tips, templates and a useful resource to browse through and see what you and/or your club might benefit from moving forward.

Discover the information and support available to grassroots football Club and League Welfare Officers by clicking here. Details are also shared by @EssexCountyFA on Twitter and by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.

2021/22 Safeguarding Training Programme - Bookings Now Open: Welfare Officers can now benefit from a range of educational workshops between now and April, including brand new, locally-tailored Welfare Officer Workshops.

Designed for new Club Welfare Officers, or as a refresher for existing ones, the online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops have been unveiled for grassroots welfare officers to provide useful information on subjects including mental health, social media and listening to under 18s. The training available to book is as follows:

Essex County FA Welfare Officer Workshop

Objectives: To share local and specific welfare/safeguarding details for new Welfare Officers in Essex. Amongst other areas, you will gain:

* insight into safeguarding infrastructure in the Essex County FA and other safeguarding agencies
* helpful hints for how to implement and share your role within the club
* policies and processes within the club
* insight on how to handle complaints
* engaging with your club’s membership

Designed For: New Club Welfare Officers (or as a refresher)
Date: Thursday 20th January, 6:30pm
Cost: Free (Book Online Now)

Designed For: New Club Welfare Officers (or as a refresher)
Date: Wednesday 16th March 2022, 6:30pm
Cost: Free (Book Online Now)

Supporting and Listening to Under 18s

Objectives: To maximise safeguarding. A key factor is to engage with those who the policies and procedures are designed to protect… under 18s. In this workshop, methods for how to engage and seek the thoughts of the under 18s in your club will be explored. Ideas and suggestions for how to engage with under 18s, and what other clubs have implemented, will also be shared.

Designed For: All Welfare Officers
Date: Tuesday 7th December 2021, 6:30pm
Cost: Free (Book Online Now)

Mental Health (Under 18s Workshop Delivered by Young Minds)


* develop a shared understanding of mental health and the risks and protective factors which impact upon young people
* consider how trusted adults can promote young people’s mental health
* explore ways to promote positive mental health and resilience within our settings
* recognise the importance of looking after our own wellbeing

Designed For: All Welfare Officers
Date: Wednesday 23rd February 2022, 6:00pm
Cost: £20 (Book Online Now)

Risks of Social Media (Includes Good Practice Guidance)

Objectives: To update on the latest messages within the online and offline world, including:

* dangers and pitfalls under 18s should be aware of
* latest updates in this area
* tools available to the club in handling social media

Designed For: All Welfare Officers
Date: Wednesday 27th April 2022, 6:30pm
Cost: Free (Book Online Now)

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