The FA is launched Play Safe (20/21 November 2021) – a national campaign to focus attention on the vital importance of safeguarding in football. Play Safe is officially supported by the NSPCC and will run on a designated weekend every season from now on.
We would encourage you to take a moment to watch our Play Safe film for parents/carers and listen to what some of our England players have to say about what to do if a child feels unsafe or worried.
Play Safe aims to ensure everyone understands the part they can play to safeguard children throughout football.
We are also encouraging parents/carers with a child in football to:-
- Ensure you know who your child’s coach/manager is, how they will communicate with you, how you can contact them and how to get feedback on your child - ask if they are FA DBS checked and safeguarding trained
- Put the NSPCC Helpline and CWO name and contact details in your phone/notebook - ensure you and your child understand the CWOs role
- Be clear about acceptable and unacceptable behaviour at your child’s club - sign up and adhere to their codes of conduct
- Ask your child what they enjoy about playing - and remember this when supporting them!
- Agree with your child how you will support/check-in to see how they are doing
- Ensure your child understands their rights - find out more
- Ensure you and your child know how to report a concern - find out more
- Encourage your child to speak to you about anything that worries them, no matter how big or small