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Webinar recording: A day in the life of a Safeguarding Lead Officer

The webinar was presented by NSPCC - Child Protection in Sport Unit, UK. It took place on Thursday, 21 January 2021, from 15.00 to 17.00 CET. Register here.

This was the second webinar in a series organised in the framework of the European Union and Council of Europe joint project "Child Safeguarding in Sport (CSiS)".

Watch below the recording of the webinar.

I’m a survivor of childhood sexual abuse in football. Should I waive my anonymity? [The FA/ English Football Association]

The FA Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group (FASSSAG) has developed guidance (download below) to help adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in football come to a decision on whether to waive their anonymity or not. It is based on the lived experience of former footballers and is intended to help adult survivors come to a decision that’s not only right for them, but for those around them too.

Video: The role of parents in supporting children and young people in sport [NSPCC]

Dr Camilla Knight describes the critical roles that parents play in supporting their children through their sporting journey. This includes the emotional support parents offer as children learn about winning and losing and ensuring they are a positive role model through their behaviour at competitions and when playing sport themselves.

Criminal record check for those working with children [English Football Association]

As part of the FA safeguarding children strategy, The FA requires those working in eligible roles with children and young people to pass a criminal records check. This is in line with legislation and government guidance and is standard practice.  

The FA provides the framework and guidance for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks in football and the leagues and clubs then have to implement this to ensure that those who are required to have checks done, do so.  

More on the link below.

Child safeguarding policies and procedures [English Football Association]

A collection of documents that constitute the FA safeguarding policies and procedures, including:

  • Affiliated Football's Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
  • Grassroots Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures
  • Template - Clun Safeguarding Children Policy Procedures
  • The FA Anti-Bullying Policy for Cluns
  • County Witnesses Guide to Personal Hearings
  • Match Officials Guide to Personal Hearings
  • Player and Club Guide to Personal Hearings