English football will unite this weekend to promote #PlaySafe – a countrywide campaign to focus attention on the vital importance of safeguarding in our national game.
The FA's Play Safe Weekend, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2022, is to help drive greater awareness of the safeguarding practice and culture in your club or organisation.
The campaign is officially supported by the NSPCC as well as the Premier League, EFL, Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship. It’s also being backed by every other level of the game across England.
This year’s focus remains on the key role of parents and carers in safeguarding. The FA have created a new, short and free 'Safeguarding Awareness for Parents & Carers' course', which is for anyone aged 16 and over with responsibility for children and is designed to help make an informed choice about the football setting you enrol your child in. It only takes about 30 minutes to complete.
You can find out more, and sign up for it here 👇
Whatever your role in football – whether you're a coach, parent, carer, club administrator – please remember safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
If you are worried about a child, it’s vital you report your concerns. Doing nothing is not an option. It’s also important you stay calm, and if any child is present, reassure them they are not to blame. But don’t make promises of confidentiality or outcome.