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Safeguarding and Welfare

Safeguarding within Northumberland

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. If you are involved in a club or league, which involves anyone under the age of 18 or thinking of setting up one, you need to ensure you have the correct safeguards in place to protect yourself, the organisation and the individuals involved.

Every affiliated club and league with youth teams must have in place a Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedure and a Welfare Officer who has an FA criminal records check (CRC) and completed the Safeguarding Children Workshop and Welfare Officer Workshop.

Report Your Concerns

Safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility. If you are worried about a child it is important that you report your concerns - no action is not an option.
If you are concerned about your child or another child in your club, you would normally contact your Club Welfare Officer (CWO) in the first instance. You should be given the contact details of the CWO at the start of the season.

If you do not know who your CWO is, speak to a coach in your club and ask for their details. The CWO will normally deal with cases of poor practice and behaviour within your club.

Please use the contact information supplied on this page to report any cases or concerns regarding safeguarding. 

Get In Touch

Designated Safeguarding Officer:

Angela Forster

By Phone:0191 270 0700

By Email:



Coaches working within an affiliated youth football club must complete their Criminal Records Check (CRC) with their club. This can be carried out via the Club Welfare Officer or County FA.
The method for carrying this out is as follows:


If you require your Criminal Records Check to be verified then a list role specific verifiers can be found here. The cost for this method is £10. 
When attending a verification meeting please ensure that you bring along all of the correct documents which are detailed on the guidance notes provided.
The verifier has to sign a legal declaration that they have seen all the correct documents so the County FA cannot be held responsible for incomplete applications which result in the applicant having to attend another verification meeting.


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