Child Welfare

Safeguarding - Let's make football safe, not sorry

Creating fun, safe football environments is central to safeguarding children.

Most children and young people have a fantastic experience through football – but sadly, some don't.

This might be down to over-competitive parents and coaches shouting and constantly criticising them from the sidelines – the kind of behaviour that the Respect programme is designed to address. Or it might be due to some other kind of abusive behaviour towards them.

Safeguarding Children is everyone's responsibility and having welfare officers in all clubs and leagues with youth teams is crucial to The FA’s simple three part approach to safeguarding. This includes:

•  Getting the right people involved – seeking references and CRB checks.
•  Creating a safe environment - codes of conduct, education and best practice.
•  Promoting clear systems - to deal with any concerns - policy and procedures.

At Crofton Saints Youth Football Club we take our childrens welfare seriously. If you have any issues that you feel you need to discuss with our Child Welfare Officers, please contact:

Chris Loftus
Child Welfare Officer
Tel: 07484 809483

and/or refer to the clubs Child Protection Policy which you can view or download by clicking here.

The FA Whistle Blowing Policy

7.2 “Whistle Blowing”
Whistle-blowing can be used as an early warning system or when it’s recognised that appropriate actions have not been taken. It is about revealing and raising concerns over misconduct or malpractice within an organisation or within an independent structure associated with it.  

Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can also use whistle-blowing by contacting The FA’s Safeguarding Team on 0800 169 1863 Extension 6300 or 6400 or via email on

Alternatively you can go direct the Police or Children’s Social Care and report your concerns there, or contact the NSPCC Helpline via 0808 800 5000 or by emailing