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Safeguarding Training

The FA seeks to build a safe, enjoyable and inclusive environment for all children and young people, whether they are players, young referees or qualified coaches.

To help guide those working with children and young people, The FA provides courses in safeguarding children. Sometimes these are required as part of a qualification e.g. for coaches and referees, however there are courses suitable for everyone, whatever their role.


All FA safeguarding courses are football focused and child-centred; they are relevant, engaging and designed to help learners act appropriately and with confidence.


Over 350,000 people have now attended our courses - that’s a lot of people who are more aware and helping to make football fun and safe.

FA safeguarding courses


For all the Safeguarding courses listed below visit The Bootroom 

Safeguarding For All

The new online course provides an overview of how to safeguard children, looking specifically at best practice, poor practice and abuse topics.

If you are under 18, it will also explain how to safeguard yourself.


Safeguarding Adults

This module explores the meaning of 'Safeguarding Adults' and 'Adults at risk'.


Safeguarding for Committee Members

This course will support Committee Members to identify responsibilities in Safeguarding so you create an environment where the wellbeing of children and young people is central to what you do.

Safeguarding Children

Providing awareness of best practice in safeguarding children in football.

Welfare Officers Workshops

Building on the Safeguarding Children Workshop focussing on the specifics of the role and the key tools needed to carry out the role.

Online Safeguarding Children re-certification

A free online course for anyone who needs to renew their Safeguarding in Children. Safeguarding training should be updated every 3 years.


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Safeguarding Courses
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Safeguarding Learning FAQs

The cost may vary across County FAs. Wiltshire FA offer a discount to members of Charter Standard Clubs. Visit our Development & Courses page for up to date pricing information.

Normally this can be arranged subject to suitable premises and tutor availability. The cost will vary depending on the number of candidates attending. Get in touch to discuss further.

The online courses provide downloadable certificate and your FAN will be updated automatically.  If you attend a face to face workshop you should receive a certificate. Please contact education@thefa.com if your certificate does not arrive.

No. The FA has updated the online certification system and will continue to review it every three years.  You have the choice of attending the workshop to gain a new certificate or do it online. Occasionally some people will be asked or required to attend a workshop as part of an education package or local decision.

The FA values the number of volunteers and staff who have a safeguarding background.  We seek to build on this and ensure that everyone is aware of best practice in the context of football and the infrastructure that exists to support the game: The FA reporting pathways, help available and the designated person structure. By ensuring everyone has the same understanding, conversations can take place across the game.  We therefore require FA courses and workshops to be taken by those in certain roles and recommend them for others.

Please email education@thefa.com and your comments will be passed to the correct person. Please advise of the date, name and venue of the workshop you attended in your email.