Girls Football

Report A Safeguarding Concern

The FA seeks to do everything it can to support a safe and enjoyable framework for football.

This means, if standards ever fall short with poor practice or unacceptable behaviour, there’s a framework in place to make sure we can deal with it. By reporting a concern you can help us make sure that the youth game stays safe and strong.

Anyone who has a concern about the welfare of a child and or the behaviour of an adult towards a child or young person under 18 years of age in football, is required to refer it to the West Riding FA Safeguarding Team. The team is staffed by professionals who are experienced in dealing with these concerns.


If the concern can be categorised as:

  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Bullying

You must email

If the concern involves possible or actual risk of harm to children, you must you can call The NSPCC 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 – or if it is an emergency because a child or children are at immediate risk, then call the police or children’s social care.


If the concern DOES NOT involve any of the categories above and DOES NOT involve possible or actual risk of harm to children, you can report it via the poor practice referral form below.

Please note – If your concern relates to a potential breach of FA Disciplinary Regulations, please report it via the Disciplinary Report Form below. Examples of a potential breach would be:

  • Player, Manager, Coach, referee using foul and abusive language at a match
  • Manager / Coach entering the field of play during the match
  • Spectators behaving poorly from the touchline
Safeguarding Poor practice form