Keeping Football Safe and Enjoyable!

Knebworth Football Club takes the safety and welfare of children extremely seriously. The game has robust checks and processes in place. However, the allegations of child sexual abuse that have come to light since November 2016 have seen us re-double our efforts to ensure every child and young person has a safe fun experience playing or participating in the game.

Hertfordshire FA is carries out regular safeguarding validation visits to ensure that clubs are meeting their commitment to safeguarding.

Everyone working with young people must:

1. Be assigned to the Club and relevant team on the FA Whole Game System
2. Have a valid Criminal Records Check
3. Have an in date FA Safeguarding Certification and First Aid qualification.

Safeguarding validation visits are an opportunity for Hertfordshire FA to meet and engage with Knebworth FC coaches and parents to make sure they are fully aware of safeguarding in football. During these visits coaches, parents and officials will be asked some simple questions to ensure that everyone understands The FA processes for safeguarding in football.

We’re backing Play Safe

Knebworth FC is lending its full support to Play Safe – a national FA-led campaign to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding in football.

Play Safe is being run in partnership with the NSPCC and has the full backing of the Premier League, EFL, Barclays FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship. It’s also supported and being run across every other level of the game.

The main element of Play Safe is a series of short films which emphasise the importance of clubs such as ours having safeguarding as an everyday reality. The films also explain to parents/carers and children themselves know what to do if they feel unsafe or worried, because nothing matters more than making sure football is safe for everyone, especially children and young people. You can see these films below:

For club officials   
For parents & carers
For children of all ages

“As a youth team coach, I will be working with my club to ensure we support the Play Safe messaging,” says FA Chief Executive Mark Bullingham. “I am also pleased that the campaign has the support of the former footballers with lived experience of abuse in football, who are on our Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group. The Group has collectively said:

“Learning from the past is crucial, so that we can prevent the horrific experiences that happened to us and so many others in football, from happening again.

“As a group of survivors, we fully support the ethos and important messages that Play Safe conveys – whether to club officials, parents/carers and or vitally, children and young people themselves. Equally important is that Play Safe is not a one-off campaign – it will be used at key points in the football calendar to remind everyone in football, that children’s welfare and keeping them safe, should be at the heart of all that we do.”

Further advice on Safeguarding Children matters can be obtained from:

Clare Biddle:
Richard Thom:; 01438 235634

The FA has also produced an information booklet detailing the ongoing work we are doing in safeguarding children and young people in football.

Keeping Football Safe and Enjoyable 12.5MB (PDF)