Important information on safeguarding

Child Welfare and Safeguarding

Everyone in football has a responsibility to safeguard the children and young people involved in the game.
It is mandatory for every youth football club affiliated to the FA to have appointed a fully qualified and CRC checked Club Welfare Officer (CWO).  This role involves attending an FA Safeguarding Children and a Welfare Officer Workshop.

At Stevenage Borough Juniors FC our Club Welfare Officer (CWO) is Julia Lopez. It is the responsibility of the CWO to ensure that children and young people who play for SBJFC can play football in a safe and non-threatening environment and are not subject to any physical or verbal abuse.

If you have any concerns, incidents or questions in relation to welfare or child protection which you would like to discuss in confidence, please contact Julia on 07717 227237 or email

Links to SBJFC Codes of Conduct:

Safeguarding children explanation

Safeguarding children policy

Anti-bullying policy

Code of conduct - youth players

Code of conduct for parents/carers and spectators

The FA parent/guardian guide guide

Every 25 seconds a child contacts Childline. Childline is yours – a free, private andconfidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help,however you want to get in touch. We are here for you online, on the phone, anytime. Call 0800 1111.

NSPCC counsellors are there 24 hours a day, to help parents, professionals andanyone worried about a child in the UK. We will listen to your concerns, offer adviceand support and can take action on your behalf if a child is in danger. Call 0808 8005000

CEOP is a law enforcement agency and is here to help keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. We help thousands of children and young people every year who have been in a similar situation to you.

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is a partnership between the NSPCC, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland and Sport Wales. 

The Unit was founded in 2001 to work with UK Sports Councils, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) and other organisations to help them minimise the risk of child abuse during sporting activities.