Child Protection

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.

Club Welfare Officers

Code of Conduct for Volunteer Welfare Officers

Welfare statement

The requirements of this post will be in line with the F.A. recommendations which include as a minimum:

a) obtaining an up to date F.A accredtited CRB Enhanced Disclosure and,
b) attendance at an F.A. Safeguarding Children Workshop.
(previously called ‘Child Protection & Best Practice’ Workshop) subsequent resultant certification which must be kept up to date and
renewed every 3 years.
c) Attendance at an F.A ‘Welfare Officers Workshop’.

  • To ensure all member clubs attain F.A. Charter Standard status.
  • To actively encourage people to take advantage of educational opportunities provided by the F.A. in the area of Child Protection and Best Practise.
  • To provide a structured network of support to it’s membership if and when required in areas relating to Child Protection 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.

For any queries regarding Child Protection, please see links below and/or  contact one of the following:

Shropshire FAs virtual handbook

Equality Standards – Equality and Diversity

FA Rules and Governance – Safeguarding

Grassroots Football Safeguarding Children

Raising Awareness – Best Practice Downloads Section

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. Read more here.

Criminal Records Check

Safeguarding Children

Shropshire County Welfare Officer
Dai Lewis
The Shropshire FA Office, The Greenhous Meadow, Oteley Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ST
Telephone: 01743 362769

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

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.

Respect Marshalls presentation
Respect Marshalls guidlines

FA’s Safeguarding – Play Your Part

FA’s Safeguarding – Lets make Football Safe Not Sorry