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HPFC Welfare 

Sarah Smith

Latest Welfare News

Following on from the recent Sheldon report which the FA commissioned in December 2016, shortly after many former footballers from professional and grassroots football bravely spoke out about the appalling abuse they had suffered as children in football, there are 13 key recommendations that are brought forward from it.

This is to ensure that all stakeholders in football have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities about safeguarding within football.

Please see the parent/carer film ‘Let’s talk about keeping children safe in football’, which can be found here: 

This will help parents/carers understand their responsibilities, be aware of the safeguard's clubs have in place and what collective responsibility really means.


Safeguarding children in football

The FA is asking every parent/carer with a child involved in football to take a few minutes to watch the video. It outlines what you should expect from your ...


One of my roles as CWO is to ensure that you have an easy way to contact me should you have any concerns.

Details can be found on the club website and my email is:......??... welfare@heyford...??.... (not sure on this exactly sorry!)

You can also find the clubs safeguarding policy on there.


As we look forward to a return to football many of the previous control measures will remain in place and as a club, we may be visited by the FA to check they are being upheld by all. We all did a really good job last time around so am confident this will be the same again. Previously it was asked for each team to have a covid representative who would be able to support managers in ensuring these are put into practice. Also, if necessary, reporting to the league any breach of covid measures. This is an expectation again and so please do support your team by offering to taking on this role when we return. 


I am sure we are all super keen to get back to football and ask that we all support the work the committee and mangers do to make this is a success. I am hopeful that many children in our club have not been adversely affected by the absence of football and I am sure are ready to return - all coaches will be mindful though of how players may be feeling both mentally and physically - please do not hesitate to contact them if needed.


Finally, we are a proud to be Charter Standard club and as such need to ensure that all of us follow the FA's code of conduct. Please see these on the website as a reminder.


Many thanks, Sarah Smith, CWO - Heyford Park FC