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Safeguarding in Lancashire

CRCs, reporting concerns & welfare officer help

Lancashire FA offers a range of safeguarding services and training to help create a safe and enjoyable football experience for everyone.

We ensure safeguarding requirements are met as a requirement of club affiliation and we support clubs to maintain these standards.

This includes making unannounced safeguarding visits to clubs.

The current safeguarding support services we offer are as follows:

  • A unique package of free education courses held locally to help clubs, leagues, and individuals
  • Assisting clubs in ensuring all safeguarding standards are met
  • Helping with FA/CRCs where the Club Welfare Officer position is temporarily vacant
  • Meeting with club committees to discuss enhancing their provision for young people
  • Promoting youth councils in clubs through our Youth Onside initiative

Get In Touch

Safeguarding Department

Neil Yates

Designated Safeguarding Officer

01772 282756

neil.yates@lancashirefa.com

Chris Doherty

Designated Safeguarding Officer

01772 644264

chris.doherty@lancashirefa.com

Paul Smith

Safeguarding Support Officer

01772 624000

paul.smith@lancashirefa.com

Who can help with my query?

We offer a range of safeguarding services and training to help create a safe and enjoyable football experience for everyone.

We ensure safeguarding requirements are met as a requirement of club affiliation and we support clubs to maintain these standards.

This includes making unannounced safeguarding visits to clubs.

Book An FA Safeguarding Children Workshop

Book An FA Welfare Officer Workshop

Book A Free Lancashire FA Welfare Workshop

Coaches and managers should contact their club welfare officer.

Referees and licensed coaches outside of a club setting should contact a Designated Safeguarding Officer at Lancashire FA.

More on CRCs from the FA

All concerns regarding poor practice or abuse are dealt with sensitively and in confidence where required.

We liaise with cubs and leagues to ensure children enjoy their football in a safe environment.

If you are interested in becoming a Club Welfare Officer, please contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Officers for further information.

Once in post, we prioritise support of CWOs through telephone and electronic guidance.

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