Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding in Open Age Adult Football

Safeguarding In Open Aged Football 

Every affiliated football club that involves under-18s must ensure they have appropriate safeguards in place.The following list of requirements aims to support adult clubs with open-age teams who have 16/17 year old players, or are likely to sign 16/17 year old players, to become and remain Safeguarding compliant:

Adopt and adhere to The FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy:
Read and use The FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy template which can be found here.

Name a Club Welfare Officer (Open- Age Teams)

Sign the “Safeguarding Declaration Open-Age Football” in order to affiliate

Identify which teams have or are likely to have 16/17 year old players:
If they are registered with your team then safeguards must be in place, even if they have not played yet.

Identify the coaches/managers (including any assistant coaches/managers) and medics for each team:
Someone must be identified in this role. They do not have to hold any coaching qualifications to be named as the coach/team manager.
List them on The FA’s systems 
If the coach/manager changes it is the clubs responsibility to make sure information is up to date.

Encourage team and club officials to complete Player Welfare course

Support coaches/managers (including assistant coaches/managers) and medics working with 16/17 year olds to complete a FA DBS Check:
Read The FA DBS Check pages here.

Provide 16/17 year old players with safeguarding information:
Kent FA recommends that every player aged 16-17 is given a copy of “Know Your Rights In Football” which can be downloaded below. This document ensures young players understand their rights in feeling safe, comfortable, and not discriminated against, both on and off the field. It can also direct them to the appropriate help if they would like to report a concern.

Many clubs will already be meeting these requirements, especially those who currently also provide youth football where similar requirements are already in place.’

Kent FA are here to help you with this process and are committed to creating safe and enjoyable football for all. 

For further information or advice please contact our Safeguarding team at or call the office on 01622 791850

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.

Player Welfare in Open Age Football

This online course will help you understand more about player welfare and why it is important.

This course is for coaches, club welfare officers and committee members within open age football (teams with players aged 16+), and will look at player welfare while covering a range of topics.