Engaging with Young People Online
THE FA HAS EXTENDED ITS SAFEGUARDING GUIDANCE FOR ANYONE WORKING IN FOOTBALL WHO ENGAGES ONLINE WITH UNDER-18S.
The extended guidance is contained in two new safeguarding guidance notes – one for club coaches / managers and the other for parents / carers. A link to each document is given below.
The coaches/managers’ guidance outlines best practice on all aspects of communicating online with under-18 players, i.e. the appropriate setting, session content and general behaviour etc.
The parents/carers’ guidance focuses more on general tips on children’s online activities now and in the future – as well as expectations they should have of the club to which their child(ren) belong.
We are encouraging every league and club in the county to review the new guidance and distribute the relevant link to your coaches and parents as soon as possible, so you can keep abreast of best practice when engaging with people under the age of 18.
Designated Safeguarding Officer
If a child is in immediate danger or at risk of harm, contact the Police (999) or NSPCC (0808 800 5000)