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County FAs Announce Safeguarding Partnership

Northumberland FA and Cumberland FA team up to provide improved safeguarding service to grassroots community.

Northumberland County FA is pleased to announce that it has established a safeguarding agreement with Cumberland FA, which will see Welfare Officer, Gill Shields, become able to assist both organisations on all safeguarding and welfare matters on a full-time basis.

John Ackerley, Northumberland FA Chief Executive Officer, said: “Here at Northumberland FA we believe that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, and have procedures in place to ensure that the game remains as safe and enjoyable as possible for all those who wish to participate.

“Through this new agreement with Cumberland FA, we’ll be able to offer a greater flexibility of safeguarding provision, and importantly, an enhanced service – as Gill will be contactable over five days a week for both organisations.”

Ben Snowdon, Cumberland FA Chief Executive Officer, added: “The FA has recently set out a new framework - Safeguarding Operating Standards (SOS) - which it hopes will provide consistent and clear responsibilities with regards to the delivery of safeguarding across grassroots football by County FAs.  

“Through this innovative partnership with Northumberland FA, we will have access to a Designated Safeguarding Officer five days a week. Consequently, we will not only be in a better position to meet the FA SOS, but will be providing an increased and improved safeguarding support service to our member clubs and sanctioned leagues.”

For further information about safeguarding, or to find out how you can report your concerns, please contact Gill Shields on or via her new mobile phone number, 07458043681.