Safeguarding in Berks & Bucks

Information on local safeguarding support services

help us create a safe, fun and enjoyable football experience For All in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and South Oxfordshire

Here at Berks & Bucks FA we offer a range of safeguarding services and training to help create these environments and support cubs leagues and welfare officers.

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.

Important Information

From time to time we will want to remind clubs, leagues and welfare officers about important safeguarding information. These messages and notices from the county Designated Safeguarding Officer will be posted below for information. 

Safeguarding message for all Youth Team Club Secretaries and Welfare Officers

The CFA takes the welfare of children seriously and checks are required to ensure that those who regularly work or volunteer with children have an FA DBS Enhanced Disclosure (previously known as CRC).

It is the Club’s responsibility to check and ensure that their Volunteers, Coach/Managers, have an in-date DBS Disclosure at all times. The CFA does not want to impact on the participation of children in Football, however, the safety of children takes priority. Therefore the CFA will notify the Club Secretary and CWO that a Coach/Manager is non-compliant with an allowance of time to address the situation.

If no action is taken by the Club that Team will be temporarily withdrawn from the League and training sessions and matches will be withheld until the matter is resolved.

Date last updated: 27.11.20 

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Support For Welfare Officers

With over 250 Welfare Officers operating in our grassroots clubs and leagues, support is paramount. Our Safeguarding Team will send you regular updates and give you opportunities throughout the season to meet and learn more. We understand the importance of this role and the support that our welfare Officers may need during difficult situations. If you are a Welfare Officer and need support, please get in touch, via the details at the bottom of this page.

How We Handle Reported Concerns

The welfare & safeguarding of young people and vulnerable adults in football is our primary concern. Your concern will be treated with the respect and importance that it deserves. 

From your initial concern being reported to its conclusion, our Safeguarding team will respond asking for additional information so that we can build up a complete picture of the concern. The safeguarding of the child or vulnerable adult in football will be the centre of the investigation.

Staying Up-To-Date

Berks & Bucks FA have dedicated resources for Club and League Welfare Officers. We host regular online meetings/update sessions with Welfare Officers. 

These dedicated meetings are where Welfare Officers can share ideas, receive updates from the Safeguarding Team and collectively support each other. If you would like to attend the next Club/League Welfare Officers meeting, please keep an eye on your emails or alternatively contact

Forthcoming Safeguarding Courses And Workshops

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 which includes making unannounced safeguarding visits to clubs and we support clubs to maintain these standards.

Safeguarding Children Course FA Welfare Officers course

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meet the Team

Your local County FA Safeguarding Team


Responsibility for the safeguarding of children, ensuring safeguarding operating standards are met and working collaboratively with and supporting, the Club Welfare Officers and Youth League Welfare Officers.


01235 544890 

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer - Chris Penny
Senior Safeguarding Lead - Liz Verrall
Deputy Senior Safeguarding Lead - Alastair Kay
Board Safeguarding Champion - John Horsley

For all safeguarding enquiries please contact the Designated Safeguarding Officer, via:

01235 544890

Get in Touch

By Phone: 01235 544890

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