U16 Girls Opportunities

Safeguarding and Welfare


English football takes safeguarding extremely seriously. The ongoing work to make the game as safe and enjoyable as possible is led by The FA, the game’s governing body in this country. This work is delivered through County FAs such as ourselves in conjunction with leagues and clubs.

 A clear safeguarding strategy has been put in place by English football to protect people involved in the national game. It is complete with policies, procedures and regulations. Every club in the country must adhere to the policies which apply to them. If not, they face sanctions, including suspension from playing.

Policies include the mandatory appointment of a Club Welfare Officer(s) for every league or club with youth teams. There is also a requirement for specified club committee officers to complete the free online ‘Safeguarding for Committee Members’ course. While mandatory for specified officers, the course is open to anyone to raise their awareness of potential situations and how to deal with them.

Welfare Officers must have an FA-accepted Criminal Record Check, which has to be renewed every three years. They must also undertake regular FA-approved safeguarding training. With the club committee’s support, Welfare Officers ensure the appropriate checks and training are completed for anyone at the club working with children and young people under the age of 18.Explanatory films and general information (see below) outline how safeguarding concerns should be reported to the football authorities – and how they are investigated. They also show how we work together across the game and with the statutory agencies to investigate and risk-manage any concerns raised.

The topics below cover the safeguarding framework for everyone in affiliated football in England. Please click on the relevant one to get more information.

In the meantime, should you have any questions about safeguarding please don't hesitate to get in touch with our Designated Safeguarding Officer.

If a child or adult at Risk is in immediate danger, please call 999 

For non-urgent matters, please contact a member of our safeguarding team as below.  We aim to get back to you by the next working day: 

Designated Safeguarding Officer
Emma Cottier-Small
Emma.Cottier-Small@WiltshireFA.com | safeguarding@WiltshireFA.com
(Monday - Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm)

Senior Safeguarding Lead
Oliver Selfe
(Monday - Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm)

Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mark Young
07739 514201
(Monday - Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer
Shane Comb
01793 486047
(Monday - Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm)

County Administrator
Louise Fitchett
01793 486047
(Monday - Wednesday 9:00am – 5:00pm | Thursdays 8:30am – 1:30pm)


Criminal record checks (CRC)

Safeguarding training

Welfare Officers

Safeguarding Policies and procedures

Get In Touch

By Phone: 01793 486047
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

By Email: safeguarding@wiltshirefa.com

If you have concerns regarding a child’s welfare or the behaviour of an adult, then report it to us using this form - it's not your responsibility to decide if abuse is taking place, but it is your responsibility to report any concerns you have.


All representatives of Wiltshire County FA whether Staff, Board, Council or County Volunteers have to undertake safeguarding training and have all signed, and agreed to adhere to, a Code of Conduct.

** View the Code of Conduct  **

Safer Internet

Internet Safety

We can all benefit from the digital world – it’s a great place when used appropriately. Sadly, despite its hugely positive benefits, we see news reports almost every day of its negative effects when used or accessed inappropriately.

With under-18s, clubs and leagues in mind, The FA have produced three downloadable guidance notes:

Safeguarding Reporting

Safeguarding Reporting Guidance

Partner Message Inter agency
Get into Coaching

Safeguarding Policies

North wilts kids

Social Media Guidance

Let's make football safe, not sorry
Reporting Concerns


If you feel that an adult connected to your league or club (e.g. a referee, coach or a volunteer) is mistreating someone under the age of 18, there are various confidential ways you can report this.

By ‘mistreating’, we mean behaving towards under-18s in a physical or verbal way you believe is threatening or makes the young person feel scared or bad.

Find out more and watch a short film The FA has produced explaining how to report your concerns. Of course, everything is completely confidential.