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Lawford Football Club Welfare Officer: Terry Barrett

07939 625341

Essex FA Designated Safeguarding Officer: Helen Hever

01245 393098

Lawford U6s June 2019 f


Lawford Football Club acknowledges it's responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to it's care. We are committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members.  


Our Safeguarding Children Policy places a clear responsibility on all adults to ensure that they safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. Child Welfare is a responsibly accepted by the Club and all who volunteer to support it. To this end the club has appointed a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) who is the designated person responsible for child welfare matters.


Discrimination of any kind is not permitted in our club. We promote football for all and will strive to prevent discrimination as well as tackle it should it appear. Our Equality Policy sets out our commitment to promote education and mediation as the first step when dealing with any incidents.


Lawford FC is opposed to bullying in all forms. We will investigate thoroughly any incidents of bullying that are reported to us. Our Anti-Bullying Policy clearly sets out our procedures for dealing with any incidents should they occur.


Here are links to our policies;

Safeguarding Children Policy & Procedures

Equality Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

All members, officials, coaches, parents and players must understand these policies and recognise their role and responsibilities in supporting them day-to-day. 

Coaches: All coaches working with under 18 teams in FA Charter Standard Clubs need to have an up to date  ‘Safeguarding Children’ certificate as part of the FA Charter Standard Health Check. An up to date certificate is one that is less than three years old.  Please click on the link to the FA Online Safeguarding Re-certification if you need to update your certification.


Goal Safety: All coaches are aware of the potential dangers of unsafe equipment including guidance to support them with this.



We actively promote The FA's Respect codes of conduct in football. We endorse the approach that "We only do positive!". Here are the separate codes of conduct for each person at the club. You have an obligation to read this and understand what your responsibilities are

Young Players

Adult Players

Coaches, Team Managers and Club Officials

Spectators and Parents/Carers

Match officials



Whistle-blowing can be used as an early warning system or when it’s recognised that appropriate actions have not been taken. This approach or policy is adopted in many different walks of life.

It is about revealing and raising concerns over misconduct or malpractice within an organisation or within an independent structure associated with it.

Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague can use whistle-blowing by calling The FA's safeguarding team on 0800 169 1863, or via email on

Alternatively you can go direct to the Police or Children’s Social Care and report your concerns there, or to the Child Protection in Sport Unit via or the NSPCC Helpline via 0808 800 5000 or by emailing

Contact CEOP if you are worried about online abuse.

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