During the Covid-19 pandemic and looking to what are likely to be ongoing ways of working, we have extended our safeguarding guidance for anyone working in football who engages online with under-18s.
The extended guidance is contained in two new safeguarding guidance notes – one for club coaches/managers and the other for parents/carers. A link to each document is given below.
The coaches/managers’ guidance outlines best practice on all aspects of communicating online with under-18 players, i.e. the appropriate setting, session content and general behaviour etc.
The parents/carers’ guidance focuses more on general tips on children’s online activities now and in the future – as well as expectations they should have of the club to which their child(ren) belong.
We encourage every County FA to make all the leagues and clubs in your area aware of these new guidance notes as soon as possible, so we keep abreast of best-practice when engaging with children (i.e. in football, under 18-year-olds).