Safeguarding Children

It is the aim of the Shropshire Junior Football League (league) to ensure that every child or young person who plays football within this ‘league’ should be able to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any footballing activity (including match officials).


All adults associated with this ‘league’ are to safeguard the welfare of all players and where possible protect them from physical, sexual and emotional harm and from neglect and bullying.


In striving to attain this ‘The League’s’ aims are as follows:


  • To ensure that the child’s welfare is always considered as paramount.
  • All young people involved in football have a right to be protected from abuse and harm regardless of their sporting ability, age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual identity.
  • The League will treat all suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice seriously and will respond swiftly and appropriately.
  • To ensure that all member clubs appoint a Club Welfare Officer.
  •  To encourage all member clubs to attain FA Charter Standard status.
  •  To actively encourage people to take advantage of educational opportunities provided by the
    FA in the area of Safeguarding Children and best practice.
  •  To provide a structured network of support to its membership if and when required in areas
    relating to Safeguarding Children issues.
  •  To develop pro-active and positive ethics to support the above aims.

Jan Butler
League Welfare Officer
The Shropshire Junior Football League

You can download a PDF version of the Child Protection Policy by clicking here.

Club Welfare Officers

Key Roll of a Welfare Officer

Code of Conduct for Volunteer Welfare Officers

Welfare statement

For any queries regarding Safeguarding Children, please follow the links below and/or  contact anyone of the Welfare Officers listed further down the page:

SFA Virtual handbook 2017-18

Equality Standards – Equality and Diversity

FA Rules and Governance – Safeguarding Reporting Concerns

Grassroots Football Safeguarding Children

Useful links

Child Exploitation and Online Protection

Safeguarding Best Practice Policy and Procedures

Appointing a club Welfare Officer

Club Welfare Officer roles and responsibilities

Code of conduct for club Welfare Officers

Club Welfare Office Safeguarding Checklist

Respect code of conduct


Guide for captains

FA anti bullying

Youth club guide

Child Exploitation and Online Protection

The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet

The Right People
Responsible Recruitment procedures will help to screen out those people who are not suitable to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. To make sure you are ‘getting the right people involved’ refer to The FA’s Responsible Recruitment guidelines resource document here.

Shropshire Junior League Code of Conduct 

SJFL Respect Code 

FA Respect Codes


1. Local Rule. All teams must be supervised by TWO responsible adults who are members of the club & both of whom holds a valid FA DBS, & has completed the FA Safeguarding Children Workshop within the previous 3-year period. Both manager & coach shall have completed the FA Emergency Aid course within the previous 3-year period or holds another recognised first aid qualification from their place of work i.e. police, fire service, ambulance service, paramedic, nurse or doctor.

At least one of the adults should hold a FA Level 1 Coaching badge.

All teams MUST carry adequate First Aid kits at all fixtures & training. (The use of freeze spray or pain killing sprays is forbidden).

Clubs failing to provide responsible supervision & comply with the Competition shall be liable to be fined as per fine tariff or otherwise dealt with by the Management Committee.

Criminal Records Check

Safeguarding Children

FA Inclusion and Anti Discrimination

Welfare Officers – contact list:

Shropshire County Welfare Officer
Victoria Vespa
The Shropshire FA Office, The Greenhous Meadow, Oteley Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ST
Telephone: 01743 362769 option 4

Shropshire Junior Football League – Youth Welfare Officer
Jan Butler
2 The Glebelands, Myddle, nr Shrewsbury, SY4 3RU
Mobile: 07984 549304

Shropshire Junior Football League – Assistant Welfare Officer
Becky Reid
Mobile: 07528926171

The FA Safeguarding Department
Website for all info & downloads

The FA Child Protection Department
Wembley, London, HA9 0WS
Telephone: 0844 980 8200

The FA/NSPCC Helpline
Telephone: 0808 800 5000
Deaf Users Textphone: 0800 056 0566

Goal Resources and Media Enquiries
The Media Group, 3 Wilford Business Park, Ruddington Lane, Nottingham, NG11 7EP
Telephone: 0115 969 4600


Means that everyone connected with football

  • Shows understanding of and respect for the Laws of the Game.
  • Supports the belief that the game should be played in an entertaining and positive way.
  • Behaves on and off the field of play in a sporting manner towards all others involved, be they players, officials or spectators, irrespective of results.


All players, Club Officials and Spectators are reminded that the use of foul and/or abusive language, racial chants and/or remarks are considered to be conduct liable to bring the game into disrepute and the appropriate disciplinary action will be taken when any such instances are brought to the attention of The League and the County Association.

Please help to ensure that our games are not marred by such behaviour.

It is a mandated requirement that all SJFL clubs MUST appoint match-day team Respect Marshalls for all ‘Home’ and ‘Away’ fixtures. In NOT doing so your club/teram will be in breach of the league’s codes of conducts and liable for charge under guidelines for FA CS Respect Leagues. Implementation of RMs will assist match officials in incidents or issues that may arise on match days however, ALL matters of misconduct WILL be reported to the County FA by the match official as/if required.
Author: SJFL Special Committee (Disciplinary).


All SJFL teams must appoint a match-day team Respect Marshall in accordance with guidelines for FA CS Respect Leagues. Please follow the links below to the rolls and responsibilities  of Respect Marshalls



Latest info:

FA’s Safeguarding – Play Your Part