Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding Children

By Dan Dunbar
8 December 2016
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Safeguarding Children

Dear Oakhill Tigers Parents & Carers

We have all been shocked by recent allegations, and I wanted to share with you the below e-mail which all football clubs have been sent by The FA.

I also wanted to reassure you that all of the Oakhill Tigers FC managers and coaches are Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked before they are permitted to manage and/or coach your children.


Brian - Club Secretary OTFC


Link to Film
As part of The FA's role in aiming to do everything it can to support a safe and enjoyable framework for football, a new film has been made outlining the four key steps to safeguarding.

The film, featuring Wayne Rooney, Steph Houghton, Jack Rutter and Nathaniel Chalobah, explains how both parents and children can raise concerns they have about adults working in football and centred around how the 8,500 safeguarding officers working across England football take the following four steps:

1. Checked - to ensure adults are suitable to work with youngsters
2. Trained - from coaches to referees, all are given suitable
safeguarding training
3. Hear - concerns from both children and adults will be listened to
4. Report - the importance of raising concerns about a child's welfare

Following these simple but crucial steps means that there is a framework in place to ensure that, if standards ever fall short with poor practice or unacceptable behaviour, they can be addressed.

Anyone who has a concern about the welfare of a child or the behaviour of an adult towards a child or young person under 18 years of age in football, is required to refer it to The FA Safeguarding team. The team is staffed by professionals who are experienced in dealing with these concerns.

Referring a concern can be done via your club, league or County FA - all will have a designated safeguarding officer (DSO). Alternatively, you can email us directly via

If the matter is urgent and you cannot contact your club or County FA designated safeguarding officer, you can call The NSPCC 24-hour helpline on
0808 800 5000 - or if it is an emergency because a child or children are at immediate risk, then call the police or children's social care in your area.

If you are concerned that someone may be behaving inappropriately or seeking to groom a child in an online environment, then please use the CEOP reporting button that will take you directly to the team at the National Crime Agency, as well as informing your County FA or The FA via

Many thanks for your cooperation,

Best regards

Andrew Hailwood | National Leagues Services Manager

The FA Group Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Postal address: Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London, SW1P 9EQ T +44 (0) 844 980 8200 # 4593 | F+44 (0) 844 980 0682 | | M +44 (0)7984 003469

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