The FA seeks to do everything it can to support a safe and enjoyable framework for football.

This means, if standards ever fall short with poor practice or unacceptable behaviour, there’s a framework in place to make sure we can deal with it. By reporting a concern you can help us make sure that the youth game stays safe and strong.

Anyone who has a concern about the welfare of a child or the behaviour of an adult towards a child or young person under 18 years of age in football, is required to refer it to The FA Safeguarding team. The team is staffed by professionals who are experienced in dealing with these concerns.

Referring a concern can be done via your club, league or County FA – all will have a designated safeguarding officer (DSO). Alternatively, you can email us directly via

If the matter is urgent and you cannot contact your club or County FA designated safeguarding officer, you can call The NSPCC 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 – or if it is an emergency because a child or children are at immediate risk, then call the police or children’s social care in your area.

If you are concerned that someone may be behaving inappropriately or seeking to groom a child in an online environment, then please use the CEOP reporting button that will take you directly to the team at the National Crime Agency, as well as informing your County FA or The FA via

We want you to feel confident in football and to know that your child will have fun and be safe.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Non-action is not an option.

Link to:the safeguarding page

Welland Valley Football Club is dedicated to creating a fun and safe environment for all of our players and visitors.
Safeguarding the welfare of our young players is paramount at Welland Valley FC. We fully support and uphold all of the FA’s directives on best practice and child welfare, throughout the game and at all ages.

A large part of this commitment to safeguarding, is to implement and uphold the FA’s RESPECT policy guidelines. This initiative sets out to create a base line of expected behaviour for all parties involved in football, this includes players, parents, officials, coaches and spectators.

As a member of Welland Valley FC, you will be expected to sign up to and adhere to the FA’s RESPECT code of conduct policies, These detail the expectations of players, coaches, match officials and spectators and how they behave in a footballing environment.  All visitors to Welland Valley FC are also expected to adhere to the RESPECT code of conduct and we thank you in advance for doing so.

Many children and young people have a fantastic experience through football – some don’t. This may be down to aggressive or pushy coaches and parents screaming and shouting from the sidelines. Respect highlights that this behaviour is unacceptable.  The RESPECT code of conduct helps coaches and parents understand the effect this behaviour can have and share positive ways to motivate young players.
Any player, parent, spectator, coach or match official who does not adhere to the RESPECT Codes that they sign up to; will be dealt with in accordance with the RESPECT policy guidelines.
A copy of the various RESPECT codes of conduct can be found below and also in the documents section of our website.

link RESPECT page