Safeguarding and Welfare

Kent FA is committed to its responsibilities to safeguarding the welfare of all young people involved in grassroots football

We fully support and appreciate our team of dedicated volunteer Club and League Welfare Officers working towards maintaining a safe and fun environment for young people who play, train, referee and coach.

We strongly believe in ‘listening to children and young people’ and that their views are really important.

Kent FA Safeguarding Verifiers

Name  Email District Adult Clubs Youth Clubs
Alan Clarke Dover Yes Yes
Alan Escudier Bexley Yes Yes
Caroline Richards Canterbury Yes Yes
Catja Morris Folkstone & Hythe Yes Yes
Claire Whybrew Maidstone Yes Yes
Colin Whitfield Maidstone Yes Yes
Harry Burgess Maidstone Yes Yes
Jack Jacobs Folkstone & Hythe Yes Yes
Jonathan Ricketts Tonbridge Yes Yes
Kellie Discipline Dartford Yes Yes
Laura Hawkins Medway Yes Yes
Lucy Kidd Maidstone Yes Yes
Mark Bright Maidstone Yes Yes
Matthew Dixon Thanet Yes Yes
Michael Gavin Swale & Canterbury Yes Yes
Nancy Cooke Ashford Yes Yes
Natalie Curtis Swale Yes Yes
Nick Dunn (Referees Only) Dover No No
Ricky Adams Medway Yes Yes
Robert Preedy Bromley Yes Yes
Toby Elgar Canterbury Yes Yes
Vicki Marsden Medway Yes Yes

 Get In Touch

Lucy Kidd - Designated Safeguarding Officer

By Phone: 01622 934044
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

By Email:

If a child is in immediate danger, please contact the police.

For guidance related to a safeguarding concern outside of office hours, please email or call NSPCC 24/7 on 0808 800 5000.


If you are a club based coach in need of a DBS check (previously known as CRC), please contact your Club Welfare Officer who will be able to support you through this process.

If you are a Club Welfare Officer seeking support with Casework or DBS' please contact Lucy directly.

If you are a Referee seeking support with a DBS please contact our Referee Development Officer, Nick Dunn directly.


Don't hesitate

Don't Hesitate, Escalate!

Important safeguarding guidance and information!
FA Safeguarding Workshop

Safeguarding Policies 

Safeguarding Policies and Reporting Concerns
Parent and Carer Guidance

Social Media Guidance

Guidance for Social Media
Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding in Open Age Adult Football

Keeping everybody safe in grassroots football.
Goal net

Best practice and guidance

This is a link to the full FA library for safeguarding guidance

Online Safeguarding Courses

Coaches and volunteers involved in youth (under-18 and below) football in Kent can also access a number of online courses.

To enrol on these courses, please click on the links below.

Note: the FA Safeguarding for Committee Members course MUST be completed in order for clubs to affiliate.

FA Safeguarding for Committee Members

FA Introduction to Safeguarding - For Under-16s

FA Guide to Safeguarding Adults

FA Safeguarding Online Recertification

FA Safeguarding Adults Online Course

The FA Safeguarding Adults Online Course brings to life The FA’s ‘Safeguarding Adults’ policy and describes how it can be implemented in adult open-age disability football. 

This course is for anyone who works in or volunteers in adult open-age disability football. That includes coaches, managers, Welfare Officers as well as club officials.

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