Football should be safe and enjoyable for everyone.
Adult and disability football should be safe and enjoyable for all who participate. However, we need to be aware that the abuse of adults does happen and football needs to play its part in preventing, recognising, reporting, recording, referring and addressing concerns, because safeguarding adults at risk is everybody’s business.
In 2014, the term ‘vulnerable adults’ was replaced in law, by the term ‘adults at risk’.
Adults with care and support needs include people who have a condition as a result of physical, mental, sensory, learning or cognitive disabilities or illnesses, substance misuse or brain injury. Their needs may be met or unmet, visible or invisible, they may live independently, with their partners, family, or in supported housing or care. Adults with care and support needs may be playing or working anywhere in football; in football our initial focus is to introduce actions to safeguard adults in disability football.
The FA have created a free online Safeguarding Adult course which offers excellent training, support and resources.
Designated Safeguarding and Governance Officer
By Phone: 01208 262989 or 07533 953351 (Monday to Friday 9-5pm)
I will endeavour to answer your call but if unavailable please leave a message or email. If however you believe a child is in danger then please contact the police by dialing 999 or call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.