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Football's Safeguarding Framework

15 Oct 2021

Legislation and statutory guidance

Football’s approach to safeguarding is underpinned by legislation, statutory guidance and current best practice.

Child protection system in England

Child protection system in Wales

Safeguarding Adults at Risk Key Legislation and Government Initiatives

The FA

The FA sets the safeguarding policy and regulatory framework across the game. Their regulatory framework enables them to take action against any affiliated person or organisation that breaches their safeguarding regulations and policies.

Visit the FA’s website to access information about football’s overarching safeguarding regulations and policies.

Premier League

The Premier League is the governing body of the Premier League football competition with responsibility for the organisation and regulation of the league, through the uniform application of it rules to its Clubs and their officials.

The Premier League has safeguarding and related procedures in place which underpins its own activities, as well as rules and requirements that govern Club Safeguarding arrangements.

Clubs

Clubs are required to implement their own safeguarding policies and procedures that must be consistent with football authority regulations, legislation, statutory guidance and current best practice. Club compliance with the Premier League's Safeguarding Rules and Safeguarding Standards is subject to regular independent scrutiny.

Premier League Charitable Fund

The Premier League Charitable Fund has safeguarding policies and procedures in place which govern its own activities, as well as requirements that govern Club Community Organisation safeguarding arrangements.

Club Community Organisations

Club Community Organisations are required to implement their own safeguarding policies and procedures that must be consistent with football authority regulations, legislation, statutory guidance and current best practice.

Club Community Organisations must have safeguarding arrangements in place which meet the mandatory recommendations set out in the PLCF and EFL Trust Capability Code of Practice. Capability status of Club Community Organisations is assessed on a regular basis.

Additionally, Premier League Club Community Organisation compliance with Premier League Charitable Fund Safeguarding Standards is independently audited on a regular basis.

Overarching regulations, policies and procedures

Affiliated Football Safeguarding Policy

Premier League Safeguarding Policy

Young Person's Guide to understanding our Safeguarding Policy

Premier League Safeguarding and Youth Development Rules

Premier League Safeguarding Standards

Premier League Charitable Fund Safeguarding Standards

Premier League Safeguarding Strategy

Premier League Safeguarding Privacy Policy

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