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Playing football should be safe and fun. Children and young people have a right to be treated with respect, and should show respect to others. Harrow St Mary's is fully committed to the Child Protection and Safeguarding Guidelines set down by the FA.

The clubs Safeguarding Policy document can be found at the bottom of this page. FA guidelines can be found on the FA's website. As a FA Charter Standard Club our policies and procedures are regularly checked by the Middlesex FA.

Should you have any concerns or you require further information  please contact in confidence,                                   Club Welfare Officer,

Sharon Poultney

 M: 07837740546    E:  HSMLITTLEST@GMAIL.COM

Other Contacts and Resources

If you are a young person and would prefer to talk to someone outside of the club you may wish to contact:


ChildLine 24-hour helpline, tel. 0800 1111,


Kidscape (dealing with bullying),


Staying safe online


Mental health and wellbeing


If you are an adult with a concern about a child, contact your  Welfare Officer, or 

FA Safeguarding Team, Sharon Porter -


NSPCC 24-hour helpline, tel. 0808 800 5000,


Child Protection in Sport Unit


ChildLine 24-hour helpline, tel. 0800 1111,


Child Exploitation and Online Protection Unit

Samaritans -  


Sporting Chance


Youth Problem Gambling

If you think a child may be at immediate risk of harm, contact the Police or your local Children's  Social Care department.

 Emergency Duty Team Harrow, Golden Number:   020 8901 2690

Harrow St Marys Youth Football Club Safeguarding Children Policy


1. Harrow St Marys Youth Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any club football activity. We subscribe to The Football Association’s (The FA) Safeguarding Children – Policy and Procedures.


 2. The key principles of this Policy are that:                                                                                                                             

  •  the child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration.

  • all children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, race, sexual orientation, faith or belief.

  •  all suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

  • working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents/carers is essential. We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse. Harrow St Marys Football Club recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.


3. Harrow St Marys Youth Football Club has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is noted and accepted that The Football Association’s Safeguarding Children Regulations (see The FA Handbook) applies to everyone in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This means whether you are a volunteer, match official, helper on club tours, football coach, club official or medical staff. We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse. Harrow St Marys Football Club recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.


4. We endorse and adopt The FA’s Responsible Recruitment guidelines for recruiting volunteers and we will:

  • specify what the role is and what tasks it involves.

  • request identification documents.

  • as a minimum meet and chat with the applicant(s) and where possible interview people before appointing them.

  • ask for and follow up with 2 references before appointing someone.

  • where eligible require an FA accepted Enhanced Criminal Record Check (CRC) with Barring List Check in line with current FA policy and regulations.

All current Harrow St Marys Youth Football Club members working in eligible roles, with children and young people - such as managers and coaches are required to hold an in-date FA accepted Enhanced CRC with Barring List check as part of responsible recruitment practice. If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of Harrow St Marys Youth Football Club guidance will be sought from The Football Association.  It is noted and accepted that The FA will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via the CRC Process and that all suitability decisions will be made in accordance with legislation and in the best interests of children and young people. It is accepted that The FA aims to prevent people with a history of relevant and significant offending from having contact with children or young people and the opportunity to influence policies or practice with children or young people. This is to prevent direct sexual or physical harm to children and to minimise the risk of ‘grooming’ within football.

5. Harrow St Marys Youth Football Club supports The FA’s Whistle Blowing Policy. Any adult or young person with concerns about an adult in a position of trust with football can ‘whistle blow’ by contacting The FA Safeguarding Team on 0800 169 1863, by writing to The FA Case Manager at The Football Association, Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London SW1P 9EQ, by emailing or alternatively by going direct to the Police, Children’s Social Care or the NSPCC. Harrow St Marys Youth Football Club encourages everyone to know about The FA’s Whistle Blowing Policy and to utilise it if necessary.

 6. Harrow St Marys Youth Football Club has appointed a Club Welfare Officer in line with The FA’s role profile and required completion of the Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officers Workshop. The post holder will be involved with Welfare Officer training provided by The FA and/or County FA. The Club Welfare Officer is the first point of contact for all club members regarding concerns about the welfare of any child or young person. The Club Welfare Officer will liaise directly with the County FA (CFA) Welfare Officer and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns. They will also play a proactive role in increasing awareness of Respect, poor practice and abuse amongst club members.

7. We acknowledge and endorse The FA’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all players or parents/carers should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents need to be reported to the Club Welfare Officer in cases of serious bullying the CFA Welfare Officer may be contacted.

 8. Respect codes of conduct for Players, Parents/ Spectators, Officials and Coaches have been implemented by Harrow St Marys Youth Football Club. In order to validate these Respect codes of conduct the club has clear actions it will take regarding repeated or serious misconduct at club level and acknowledges the possibility of potential sanctions which may be implemented by the County FA in more serious circumstances.


9. Reporting your concerns about the welfare of a child or young person. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility if you are worried about a child it is important that you report your concerns – no action is not an option.

  • If you are worried about a child then you need to report your concerns to the Club Welfare Officer.

  • If the issue is one of poor practice the Club Welfare Officer will either: deal with the matter themselves or seek advice from the CFA Welfare Officer.

  • If the concern is more serious – possible child abuse, where possible, contact the CFA Welfare Officer first, then immediately contact the Police or Children’s Social Care.

  • If the child need medical treatment take them to a hospital or call an ambulance and tell them this is a child protection concern. Let your Club Welfare Officer know what action you have taken, they in turn will inform the CFA Welfare Officer.

  • If at any time you are not able to contact your Club Welfare Officer or the matter is clearly serious then you can either:

  • contact your CFA Welfare Officer directly.

  • contact The FA Safeguarding Team on 0800 169 1863 or

  • contact the Police or Children’s Social Care.

  • call  NSPCC 24 hour Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000 or text 88858 or email

 The FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures are available via, – click on ‘Raising Awareness, Best Practice Downloads, the Policy and Procedures document is within the resources area. The policy outlines in detail what to do if you are concerned about the welfare of a child and includes flow diagrams which describe this process. How to make a referral is also covered in the Safeguarding Children workshop. Participants are given the opportunity to discuss how this feels and how best they can prepare themselves to deal with such a situation. For more information on this workshop contact your County Welfare Officer.


10. Further advice on Safeguarding Children matters can be obtained from:                                                                  

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Reporting Concerns

HSM Welfare Officer:
Sharon Poultney
E:   M: 07837740546

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We’re backing Play Safe

Harrow St Marys are lending its full support to Play Safe – a national FA-led campaign to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding in football.

Play Safe is being run in partnership with the NSPCC and has the full backing of the Premier League, EFL, Barclays FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship. It’s also supported and being run across every other level of the game.

The main element of Play Safe is a series of short films which emphasise the importance of clubs such as ours having safeguarding as an everyday reality. The films also explain to parents/carers and children themselves know what to do if they feel unsafe or worried, because nothing matters more than making sure football is safe for everyone, especially children and young people. Please watch films below.






“As a youth team coach, I will be working with my club to ensure we support the Play Safe messaging,” says FA Chief Executive Mark Bullingham. “I am also pleased that the campaign has the support of the former footballers with lived experience of abuse in football, who are on our Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group. The Group has collectively said:
“Learning from the past is crucial, so that we can prevent the horrific experiences that happened to us and so many others in football, from happening again.
“As a group of survivors, we fully support the ethos and important messages that Play Safe conveys – whether to club officials, parents/carers and or vitally, children and young people themselves. Equally important is that Play Safe is not a one-off campaign – it will be used at key points in the football calendar to remind everyone in football, that children’s welfare and keeping them safe, should be at the heart of all that we do.”

As the Survivor Group points out, you’ll see Play Safe appearing at various points throughout the season to keep safeguarding front of mind in football. Together, we want to do everything we can so everyone – particularly children and young people – has a consistently positive experience of our great game.

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