The Premier League places great importance on safeguarding the children and adults at risk we engage with. We recognise our duty to promote their welfare and well-being, to protect them from harm and to respond swiftly and appropriately to concerns when they arise.
We are committed to working in partnership with our clubs and The FA to provide a safe environment where children and adults at risk feel safe, valued and respected.
The Premier League and our clubs believe that all activities should be safe and welcoming and we work hard to ensure that safeguarding arrangements are of the highest standards. The Premier League Safeguarding Team has a regular presence in our clubs to quality assure and guide their safeguarding provision.
Each Premier League club has in place a dedicated full-time Head of Safeguarding and a team of Safeguarding Officers. These members of staff can provide you with support and advice in relation to any safeguarding concerns you may have and how to deal with them so it is important to know who they are.
Below are a number of other ways you can raise a concern if you are worried about your own safety and welfare or if you are concerned about someone else.
Our Safeguarding Team can be contacted for advice or to raise a concern by emailing email@example.com
The Football Association is English football's governing body. Visit their website to learn more about safeguarding in football www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/safeguarding. Concerns or referrals about recent and non-recent abuse should be made directly to The FA’s Safeguarding Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FA has commissioned a dedicated NSPCC helpline for adults who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood within the football industry. The helpline is available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642.
Childline is a free and confidential service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday. They are available any time, day or night. You can contact them by phone, by email or through their 1-2-1 counsellor chat service. Visit their website for further advice or support www.childline.org.uk.
Visit http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk for advice on internet safety and safe surfing. You can contact them confidentially if something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, if you are worried about somebody else or to report online abuse.
If you are worried about a child, or you work with children and need advice or information, you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000. Trained professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can contact them by emailing email@example.com. Visit their website for more information https://www.nspcc.org.uk/services-and-resources/nspcc-helpline/. In an emergency and/or if someone is in immediate danger, call the Police on 999 (101 for non-emergencies).
The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is a partnership between the NSPCC, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland and Sport Wales. The CPSU provide expert safeguarding and child protection advice to sports organisations and supports them with putting the right safeguards in place. Their website hosts a helpful resource library: https://thecpsu.org.uk/
Our safeguarding and safer recruitment rules can be downloaded here.
Our young person’s guide to understanding the Premier League’s safeguarding policy can be downloaded here.