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Safeguarding Awareness for Parents & Carers

Helping parents make an informed choice about the football setting they enrol their children in.

Course Overview

Introduction to Coaching Football

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Minimum age:



25-30 minutes

About the course

The FA is committed to safeguarding children across the game in England.

From ensuring best practice and recognising poor practice to understanding how to report concerns quickly and effectively, we believe that making football fun, enjoyable and safe is everyone's responsibility. Read more about The FA's Respect Principles.

Our Safeguarding Awareness for Parents & Carers' course is designed to help you to make an informed choice about the football setting you enrol your child in.

Upon completion of the course, you'll receive a safeguarding certificate that will appear on your FAN account. You can return to the course to refresh your knowledge at any time.

How do I sign up?

To access Safeguarding Awareness for Parents & Carers, follow these simple steps:

1. Login here. To do this, you need a FAN ID. A FAN is a unique identification number, which holds all of your personal details as well as your previously completed qualifications within our administration system. This number provides you with your own identity and allows you to be pinpointed within all of our systems. This FAN is used to log in, book onto courses, register players on WGS amongst many other things. If you've got one already, perfect – simply use the linked email address and password to login. If not, select the link and choose 'Sign Up'. This will walk you through the registration process.

2. Enter the course. Once you've got your FAN ID and logged in, this link will take you to the course.

If you're struggling to sign up for a FAN ID, please visit our Help Centre for more support.

Expectations and Goals

This course will help you:

  • Know what safeguarding is and that you have a role to play as a parent or carer

  • Understand that children's football should be centred around the needs and wellbeing of children

  • Increase awareness of the different forms, signs and indicators of abuse, including ‘grooming’ as well as understanding what constitutes poor practice, and how this links to abuse

  • Increase your confidence regarding what safeguards should be in place at a child's club or football setting, and how to check this

  • Increase your awareness of reporting concerns through recognised channels

  • Increase your awareness of the behaviours that are expected in children’s football environments

Course structure

This topic will look at what safeguarding is, how you can spot the signs of poor practice and abuse and how to act on any concerns you may have.

This topic will look at the effects of grooming, how abusers operate and how you can remain vigilant about your child's relationships in football.

This topic will look at listening to your children, the potential barriers to communication and how to help a child or young person who may disclose something about abuse.

This topic will look at the football club environment, what makes a club safe and the part you play in safeguarding children.

This topic will look at the process for raising concerns and reporting poor practice if something doesn't feel right.