The EFL is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
With so many people involved in and influenced by professional football, it is essential that the EFL and its member clubs acknowledge the role that they play in creating a safer environment for everybody involved in the game, especially for the more vulnerable, including children and young people. The EFL is working closely with other football governing bodies to help contribute to this safer environment.
The Child Protection Advisor for the EFL sits on the Affiliated Football Safeguarding Forum which has representation from The Football Association (FA); The Premier League; The EFL and its partners the EFL Trust; League Football Education (LFE); and the Wider Forum which includes, The Professional Footballers Association (PFA); The Football Foundation (FF); The League Managers Association (LMA); and representation from the NSPCC – Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).
The Football Safeguarding Forum seeks to provide a strategic approach across football and share best practice.
The EFL has developed, and will continually review, a booklet “Safeguarding Children and Young People Guidance to Member Clubs” this document provides information on what clubs must have in place to meet their legal responsibilities.
The guidance also endorses and promotes the Safeguarding Policy and Procedures developed across Affiliated Football in addition to those produced by The Football Association. This ensures that we have a proactive and integrated approach to safeguarding everybody within football. It recognises that professional clubs have a duty of care to all children, young people and adults at risk who participate in activities delivered by them and it outlines the arrangements clubs should have in place to meet that duty.