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Safeguarding U18s in open age football

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibilty

Cornwall FA is aware that there are many 16 and 17 year old players playing in Open Aged Football.  This is a fantastic opportunity for these young players to progress and be challenged both technically and physically, however officials, managers and players must also recognise that these young players are still minors.  There are many ways that a club can ensure these young players are still enjoying their football, whilst playing their football in a safe environment an in accordance with the FA Safeguarding Policies and Procedures.

Mandatory Safeguarding Requirements for clubs with 16/17 year old players

All Open Aged Clubs should look to recruit a Club Welfare Officer before the 2023/24 season.  The individual will be required to undertake an FA DBS check and they will need to complete the free Safeguarding for Committee Members Course

Take the Safeguarding For Committee Members Course

The FA are also currently working on a new course for the 2023/24 season called Player Welfare Course which will be a requirement for Welfare Officers from the 2023/24 season onwards.

Mandatory Requirements for this season:

  • All managers/coach/physios/First Aider are named against the team on the Whole Game System.
  • All managers/coach/physios/First Aider obtain an FA DBS check.  (Your league may be able to help cover the cost of a DBS (£10) so please contact them about any available funding)
  • Ensure that all 16/17 year old players are given the ‘Understand your rights leaflet
  • Report all safeguarding incidents or concerns to your club or County Welfare Officer. 

Club Best Practice

If you require any support on completing a DBS application please contact Cornwall FA Designated Safeguarding Officer, Claire Summers-Evans via