Safeguarding for U18 Referees
Berks & Bucks FA wants to ensure that you are aware of the support you can access should you have any concerns over your safety and welfare, or witness anything that gives you a cause for concern, while carrying out your refereeing duties. Please read the information below in full and keep the information and contact details safe in case you need them.
It is important to remember that the vast majority of football is played in safe and friendly environments where everyone can enjoy taking part. However, we appreciate that there may be occasions when you would like additional help and support.
Concerned About Something You’ve Seen Or Heard?
Tell an adult you trust if you are concerned about something you have seen or heard, if something doesn’t feel right, or if you are worried about comments someone has made to, or about, you via text or social media.
It’s really important that, if you are concerned about you own safety, or the safety of another child or young person, that you let Designated Safeguarding Officer know as soon as possible to ensure we can support you.
If you or someone else is in immediate risk of harm, then this should be reported to the police via 101 or 999 phone numbers.
You can also contact Childline for advice and support on telelphone 0800 11 11 or go online to www.childline.org.uk/get-support/
It’s really important that all matchday disciplinary matters are reported to FA as soon as possible. In most cases this is a simple and speedy process that can be completed online.
However, should you need assistance in compiling a report contact the Berks & Bucks FA Investigations Officer.
In the unlikely event of a very serious disciplinary matter, you may wish to speak to somebody about it. Our Referee Development Officer or Designated Safeguarding Officer can be contacted for advice and support.