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FA child protection

The F.A Child Protection Policy Statement

Every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in a

safe and enjoyable environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every

adult involved in football.

The Football Association recognizes its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and

young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and neglect from


It is determined to meet its obligation to ensure that those clubs and organisations providing

football opportunities for children and young people do so to the highest possible standard of

care (Appendix 1 – The Football Association Regulation).

These procedures apply to anyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity,

e.g. volunteers of the club, referees, club officials, helpers on the club tours, football coaches

and medical staff.

The Football Association will consider, having taken advice, whether anyone who has a previous

criminal conviction or caution for offences related to the abuse of children or young people,

violence or sexual offences, should be excluded from working with children and young people.

The position is reinforced by United Kingdom legislation and guidance.

Child Protection Policy Statement for Match Officials

Referees have an obligation towards the game to support the introduction and implementation of

The Football Association Child Protection Policy.

Referees must respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person, player and non-player alike,

treating everyone equally within the context of the game.

In particular match officials need to be aware of the special needs of young people, and their

well-being, including difficulties or possible abuse experienced from within the game or from

other sources.

The referee has a duty to ensure that every child and young person involved in the game of

football is able to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse.

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