We are proudly supporting the ‘Play Safe’ campaign
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The nationwide campaign, endorsed by the NSPCC, aims to raise awareness around abuse in football and to focus attention of the vital importance of safeguarding.
This year’s Play Safe campaign focuses on the safeguarding role that everyone can play – coaches, players, parents and carers, spectators or volunteers – to keep children and young people safe, no matter what the football setting, and will be supported this weekend across every level of English football.
Play Safe have a free online Safeguarding Awareness Course for parents and carers to raise awareness around safeguarding and how to report any concerns.
It provides important information that guides parents and carers through questions they should ask to ensure that the club or venue where children play football has the correct safeguarding policies, people and practices in place.
We’re encouraging parents, coaches and children to know the signs that something isn’t right and have the confidence to report it.
Detective Constable Gary Cliffe was one of the contributors to the Football Association inquiry into child sex abuse in football.
Gary actively campaigns and encourages others to speak out through his work as a member of the Football Association Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group (FASSSAG).
He said: “Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility, the safety and enjoyment for all participants, coaches and volunteers is crucial to the wellbeing of all. Please support “Play Safe” this weekend and every weekend.”