The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop

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Course Description

For everyone who works with young people, this workshop focuses on making football safe. The course teaches our football workforce to promote best practice to protect young people. Candidates will learn how to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse, and understand fears involved in these concerns.

Course Pre-requisites

  • Candidates must be at least 16 years of age (coaching/ standalone)
  • Candidates must be at least 16 years of age (refereeing)

Course Duration

  • Three hours

Course Aims & Objectives

The workshop will raise your awareness and specifically help you to be able to:

  • Identify and build on best practice in football
  • Recognise signs of abuse and identify what behaviour causes concern
  • Identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help
  • Develop your action plan for change

Course Content


  • Setting standards
  • Building a network of designated persons
  • Responsible recruitment
  • Your responsibilities

Best Practice

  • Introduction
  • Your practice
  • Poor practice
  • Promoting best practice
  • Reviewing your practice
  • Changing behaviour
  • Self-reflections

What is Poor practice? What is abuse?

  • Introduction
  • What is child abuse?
  • Effects
  • Types of abuse
  • Believe it or not
  • Incidence of abuse
  • Signs and indicators
  • Self-reflections

What to do about poor practice and abuse?

  • Introduction
  • Emotional responses
  • Who to contact
  • Dealing with possible poor practice and/or abuse in a football setting
  • Dealing with concerns outside the football setting
  • Responding to a child who discloses
  • Recording your concerns
  • Dealing with bullying
  • Self-reflections

What Next?

  • Taking action: for you, your club, team or organisation
  • Taking action for yourself

Equality: FA Learning will ensure that it treats people fairly and with respect and that it will provide access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in, and enjoy, it's activities in an atmosphere free from harassment, bullying, discrimination or abuse. FA Learning will seek to provide a service which is appropriate to the needs of an individual and to make reasonable adjustments or provide support, where appropriate, to cater for those needs.

Please be aware that if you have previously attended an FA Safeguarding Children Workshop, you can renew this qualification online with your FAN and password on the Oxfordshire FA website through Members Services/My Football/Online Courses/Enrol now - the cost is £13.95

Course Dates

Learners must attend all of the scheduled time to complete the course:

ElementVenueStart DateStartEnd
Main TutoringOFA Offices, WitneyWed 1st March16:3021:30


  • OFA Affiliated Club, OFA Registered Referee - £18.00  
  • Other - £25.00

Please note that to support our membership, OFA Club prices are only available to members of clubs affiliated to Oxfordshire FA. Members of other County Associations or coaches without a club affiliation are only eligible for Non OFA Club prices.

Learners found to be booking under the wrong price category will have their place witheld until full payment has been made. If you are unsure which category to book under please contact   


To support the development of young players within the county, teachers working in schools located within the district authority areas of Cherwell, Oxford, South and West Oxfordshire are eligible to access course at the 'OFA Club' price.

Equality & Diversity Monitoring

Oxfordshire FA are required to compile anonymous information on those individuals accessing its services and activities. Monitoring allows us to understand the makeup of those accessing our programmes and meet the needs of individuals if activities need adapting.

When booking, learners are encouraged to respond to these questions about themselves, however, participation is entirely optional and you are not obliged to self declare your characteristics. The information we receive is only used for monitoring and statistical purposes and will remain anonymous.
The Equality and Diversity Monitoring form can be downloaded here

Booking Terms and Conditions

All course bookings are subject to Oxfordshire FA's Course Booking Terms and Conditions.

In booking a course you acknowledge that:

  • You are fit to participate and acknowledge that you do so at your own risk
  • Oxfordshire Football Association Ltd, its staff, or any authority which provides facilities, is under no liability in respect of any injury, which you may sustain
  • You are fully aware that photographs and footage may be taken by authorised OFA staff, and give your permission for this material to be used for promotional, marketing and internet purposes.

Please ensure you visit the link below to familiarise yourself with these before booking:
Oxfordshire FA Course Booking Terms & Conditions

Please note to access this online application, you will need a FAN (FA Number).

If have ever been involved in football or taken an FA Qualification, it is highly likely you already have a FAN. If you do not know your FAN or password, or need to create a FAN, please use our FAN FINDER tool by clicking to register/retrieve your details.

Please be aware that if you already have a FAN, and create another FAN, this could cause delays in being confirmed on the course and any qualifications being awarded.

If the FAN Finder says you haven't got a FAN, and you think you have, then please click here for a full guide on how to locate it.

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Start date: 01/03/2017 6:30 PM
Register by: 26/02/2017 11:00 PM
Oxfordshire FA HQ
Unit 4, Witan Park
Avenue 2, Station Lane
[See it on Googlemap]
Ellen Hopkins
01993 894402
01993 894402

Course Details


    Register by:26/02/2017 11:00 PM

    Start Date:01/03/2017 6:30 PM


    Oxfordshire FA HQ
    Unit 4, Witan Park
    Avenue 2, Station Lane
    See it on Googlemap


    Ellen Hopkins
    01993 894402
    01993 894402

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