Information for Young People

Football is about having fun, being with friends, making new ones, playing games, trying new skills and being part of a team, if you want. It should be fun to do all of these things - having fun is what is important. Sometimes adults get it wrong and do things which hurt, frighten or worry children.

It doesn't happen often in football, but it does happen sometimes. 

If you are worried about the way an adult is behaving towards you or you feel threatened or frightened it's important that you know who to tell and how to get help.  Every Youth Football Club has a Club Welfare Officer who you can speak to about any concerns you may have.

The links below will describe what child abuse is and who you can speak to for help and advice.  There are also useful help line numbers below and links to websites that will give you further information on all aspects of abuse and bullying. The FA’s information for Young People on abuse can be found below.


Thinkuknow is a website produced for children by an organisation called the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre or CEOP for short 

CEOP are here to protect children and young people from abuse, both online and in the real world.  CEOP is formed of people from lots of different professional backgrounds, including police officers and social workers, who are all working together to protect young people. CEOP believe that every child matters, everywhere.

Click here to enter the Thinkuknow website.

NSPCC / Childline

The NSPCC has a free and confidential helpline for children to call if you feel that you need to talk to someone. You can contact Childline about anything, no problem is too big or too small, whatever you’re worried about, it’s better out than in.

There are several different ways to get in touch with Childline.  You can text, email, use their online chat rooms, Ask Sam or call them on 0800 1111. Click on to this link to see their website.

The FA and NSPCC have a 24 hour helpline that you can call at anytime if you have any worries or wish to report something in confidence. The number is 0808 800 5000.


Being bullied is serious and can have just as damaging an effect on a child as more apparently serious types of abuse.  It can involve name-calling, threats, insults, hitting, kicking, cyber-bullying and other violence, meaning it can be physically, emotionally and even sexually abusive.  Bullying is a big problem, with serious emotional and physical consequences for a child.  It can: damage confidence and self-esteem, lead to depression, cause physical injury, affect progress at school. Children often feel afraid to talk to people about being bullied in case the bullies find out! However there are people who you can speak to in confidence who can help to put a stop to the bullying.

Below are links to various websites with their helpline numbers.

Kidscape  -  Helpline: 0845 1205204  -  Web:

Beat Bullying  -  Helpline: 0208 771 3377  -  Web:

Anti-Bullying Alliance  -  Helpline 020 7843 1901  -  Web:n

Bullying UK  -  Helpline: 0808 800 2222  -  Web:

Drugs and Alcohol advice

FRANK is a confidential advice service specifically for young people on all aspects of drugs and alcohol. If you are worried that you are getting involved with drugs and alcohol or if you have concerns about someone you know, you can contact FRANK by phone on 0800 77 66 00, by texting them on 82111 or visit their website at  to email them directly.

Sexual Health

Worth Talking About is the NHS helpline and website providing information, advice and guidance for young people aged 12-18 on Sexuality and Sexual Health. You can get confidential advice on all subjects such as contraception, pregnancy, family planning clinics, sexually transmitted diseases, peer pressure and relationships. To speak with Worth Talking About please call 0800 28 29 30 or visit the website at . Remember, this is a confidential service and no one else will know you have called.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Children often find it difficult to discuss issues that affect their wellbeing with parents and and teachers. Examples of things that can affect your wellbeing are bullying, cyber-bullying, peer pressure, exams and school life, relationships, weight, spots, anxiety and self-harming. YoungMinds is the leading UK Charity in providing help and support for Young People who may have any wellbeing issues. For further information please contact them at

The FA's Abuse  Info for Young People


Safer Internet Centre


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