Safeguarding

How you report your concerns to The FA's safeguarding team – and how to whistle-blow

Reporting concerns

If you are an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse in football, please follow the link below to see more information on support and reporting

Visit Section 9 - Support for adult survivors

Please take a few minutes to see what Graeme Le Saux has to say about how to deal with a concern about a child.

It would be great if you could help us to share this film more widely with parents/carers and club officials. Send them the link and together we can help to keep youth football fantastic.

The FA seeks to do everything it can to support a safe and enjoyable framework for football.

This means, if standards ever fall short with poor practice or unacceptable behaviour, there’s a framework in place to make sure we can deal with it. By reporting a concern you can help us make sure that the youth game stays safe and strong.

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 safeguarding@TheFA.com.

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 safeguarding@TheFA.com.

Check out below what the 2016 England captains had to say about ensuring everyone knows how to report a concern about a child.

We want you to feel confident in football and to know that your child will have fun and be safe.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Non-action is not an option.