Safeguarding … is all about making football safe, not sorry.

It’s everyone’s responsibility, though young people depend on the adults in BBFC to create a safe & fun environment – ie one where they can grow in confidence, make friends, & develop their football & life skills, & fulfill their potential as a person.

As a Charter Standard Club with a youth team & 16 & 17 year olds playing in the 3 teams for the Adult Club…BBFC must adhere to the Football Association’s Safeguarding policies & practices. Click here to read it:—downloads-section.

The FA’s requirements demand that all coaches with young people aged under 18 in their teams must have an up to date FA Criminal Record Check, a FA First Aid qualification, & a FA certificate to say they have successfully completed a FA Safeguarding course (classroom, then on-line renewal).

We must also have a Club Welfare Officer in place (currently Andy Garlick – see picture) who, with the support of the Club Committee, must carry out the roles & responsibilities set out in the CWO Checklist, provided by the FA. Click below to read it. Under the FA’s direction, all Clubs are reviewing how they meet the FA’s Safeguarding requirements. BBFC are doing this. We have identified an Action plan with some minor improvements, which we will do our best to complete in time for the 2017/18 season.  FA CWO Checklist:

If you have any concerns about Safeguarding…

please speak to our CWO. You can also contact Childline on 0800 1111 ( or make a report to CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Agency) via this link: