Bedfordshire FA is responsible for the safeguarding welfare of children and vulnerable adults involved in grassroots football.

The FA has a three part approach to safeguarding children:

  • Getting the right people involved - carrying out references and Criminal Record Checks
  • Creating a safe environment – ensuring clubs have codes of conduct and use best practice
  • Promoting clear systems- to deal with concerns and reinforce FA policy and procedures

Bedfordshire FA works closely with The FA to ensure that all the relevant safeguarding children policies and procedures are being adopted by all our affiliated youth leagues and clubs to protect children and protect the interests of our clubs.

It is a mandatory requirement that all youth football clubs and leagues have an FA qualified Welfare Officer in place before they can affiliate to Bedfordshire FA.



Sarah DaCosta - Inclusion & Safeguarding Officer
Phone: 07960 500723


Useful Info

What to do if you are worried about the welfare of a child

Information for under 18s

Criminal Record Checks (CRC)

Welfare Officers

Best Practice Downloads

Accessing the Safeguarding for Committee Members course

Accessing the Online Safeguarding Recertification

Safeguarding Children Workshops 

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