We posted on the website a reminder to clubs to pay their outstanding dues as invoiced by 30th November 2016. Regretfully many clubs have failed to do so and having given them a further week's grace they will now be notified if an additional levy for late payment and disqualified from playing further matches until the debt is cleared.
If your Club is one of those who has not paid an invoice they received which was raised after they failed to pay fines from the Minutes of a Management Committee meeting, please do so immediately.
England leaders explain 4 steps to safeguarding in new film
Link to Film https://thefa.sharefile.com/d-sf9b8ae03a0541469
As part of The FA’s role in aiming to do everything it can to support a safe and enjoyable framework for football, a new film has been made outlining the four key steps to safeguarding.
The film, featuring Wayne Rooney, Steph Houghton, Jack Rutter and Nathaniel Chalobah, explains how both parents and children can raise concerns they have about adults working in football and centred around how the 8,500 safeguarding officers working across England football take the following four steps:
1. Checked – to ensure adults are suitable to work with youngsters
2. Trained – from coaches to referees, all are given suitable safeguarding training
3. Hear – concerns from both children and adults will be listened to
4. Report – the importance of raising concerns about a child’s welfare
Following these simple but crucial steps means that there is a framework in place to ensure that, if standards ever fall short with poor practice or unacceptable behaviour, they can be addressed.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks for your cooperation, Best regards
Andrew Hailwood | National Leagues Services Manager
Given the serious information that continues to come to light regarding child abuse in football, The FA has commissioned a dedicated NSPCC helpline for adults who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood within the football industry.
The launch of the free, independent helpline follows former footballers Andy Woodward, Steve Walters, David White and Paul Stewart bravely speaking out about the abuse they suffered as young footballers.
Staffed by independent, experienced NSPCC professionals, the helpline will offer support and guidance for adults who were victims of childhood sexual abuse within the game at all levels from grassroots to Premier League and is a safe space for any further whistleblowing.
The helpline will be available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642.
Trained staff will offer support, advice and guidance, and will refer cases on to the police or other agencies as appropriate, such as if a child is in immediate danger.
Sue Ravenlaw, The FA's head of equality and safeguarding added: “The courage and dignity being shown by Andy Woodward, Steve Walters, David White and Paul Stewart is immense.
“We join Andy, the police and others in the continued efforts to encourage more victims and survivors to come forward.
“Anyone who has experienced or is experiencing abuse in football, or who has concerns about children’s welfare, should contact the police or The FA directly, or utilise this specific NSPCC helpline to gain support and advice.”
Referrals of concerns about recent and non-recent abuse should continue to be made directly via the designated persons’ network in football, or directly to The FA’s safeguarding team via email@example.com and a safeguarding professional from the team will make contact.
The English football authorities, led by The FA, work collaboratively on prevention and investigations with the lead officers from the Premier League and the EFL as well as key support from League Football Education, EFL Trust, The Professional Footballers’ Association, League Managers’ Association and all County FA’s .
The FA has a team of safeguarding professionals who put in place preventative measures via policy, education, best practice and support for the network of people acting as Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs). Alongside this is a team of safeguarding professionals who manage referrals and concerns, work with the statutory agencies in relation to investigations and put in place safeguards, including suspensions from football activity where necessary, to manage people who pose, or may pose a risk of harm.
There is a network of 8,500 people as DSOs in the professional game and grassroots football, who have been criminal records checked and trained. Their role includes making referrals to the appropriate authorities.
55,000 criminal records checks are carried out across the game each season, to screen out anyone who seeks to work in football who may pose a risk of harm.
35,000 coaches and referees attend The FA’s safeguarding children awareness course each season. Additional welfare officer training is provided to DSOs in the grassroots and bespoke training is delivered by the Premier League and EFL with their respective clubs.
Collectively we work to create safe environments in football and seek to ensure that if there are concerns, people know how and where to report them
Can we ask any team that has an outstanding fine that has already been issued to please pay by the 30th November or risk a levy being applied to the initial fine.
Thank you, Treasurer CYL