Safeguarding at Northamptonshire FA
Working to ensure football is safe for everybody
Keeping local grassroots football safe
Northamptonshire FA offers 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 we support clubs to maintain these standards. This includes making unannounced safeguarding visits to clubs.
FA NSPCC 24 HOUR Helpline: 0808 800 5000
Police Child Protection Unit: 01933 304420 (Mon-Fri 9-5)
Out of Hours: 01604 700700 Or 999
Get in Touch with northants fA
Need to speak to Northamptonshire FA about a safeguarding matter?
Please ring the below staff members in order or alternatively you can email safeguarding@northantsFA.com with your name along with your contact details and we will aim to get back to you within 24 hours.
Procedure to follow to raise a safeguarding concern
1. Contact and leave a message / text on the Designated Safeguarding Officer’s number – Rosie Brown: 07535 640452
2. Contact and leave a message / text on the Deputy Safeguarding Officer’s number – Callum White: 01604 670741
3. Contact and leave a message / text on the Senior Safeguarding Lead’s number – Christian Smith: 07971138768
Please call the office on 01604 670741 if all three members of the safeguarding team are unable to take your call and the office can direct you to the appropriate person.
OBTAINING A CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK (CRC)
The FA requires those working in eligible* roles with children and young people to pass a criminal records check. This is in line with legislation and government guidance and is standard practice. Find out if you need one, why you need one and how to obtain a CRC by clicking the link below. Northamptonshire FA's Designated Safeguarding Officer handles all CRC applications made to the county.
It'S EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY
If you feel that an adult connected to your league or club (e.g. a referee, coach or a volunteer) is mistreating someone under the age of 18, there are various confidential ways you can report this.
By ‘mistreating’, we mean behaving towards under-18s in a physical or verbal way you believe is threatening or makes the young person feel scared or bad.
Find out more and watch a short film The FA has produced explaining how to report your concerns. Of course, everything is completely confidential.
Support for Welfare Officers
A Club Welfare Officer deals with poor practice cases within their club, gives advice and guidance to club members and ensures everyone is playing their part in keeping the games safe and inclusive.
In order to become a Welfare Officer, you are required to have an up-to-date Criminal Records Check, an FA Safeguarding Children Qualification, a committee safeguarding course qualification and will have to have attended a Welfare Officers Workshop.
Ongoing support, advice, training and guidance is available at any time via our Designated Safeguarding Officer.