About ESFA Safeguarding 

The safety and well-being of all participants in schools’ associations football is very important to us

We strive to ensure that children involved in football in are protected and happy while representing their local Associations across the country, both at County and District level.

On our web pages you will have access to advice and guidance on a range of subjects, such as Criminal Record Checks, policy and guidance, reporting concerns, and what to do if you are concerned about a child.

We want to help Schools’ Associations create a safe environment for their young players, so please get in touch if you need our assistance.


Our Designated Safeguarding Officers are here to answer any queries or help address any issues. Both Sarah and Martin work part time so, if necessary, please leave a message and they will get back to you as soon as they can.

ESFA Talking Heads

ESFA Talking Heads is a series created by the ESFA’s National Child Welfare Officer’s to give the ESFA’s members some guidance on the best practice in various areas of Safeguarding children. 

ESFA Child Welfare Officers- Briefings

Thursday 13th October 2022

On Thursday 13th October 2022 the ESFA conducted an online briefing for Association Child Welfare Officers. Below is the presentation and agenda for the briefing. 

ESFA CWO session Oct 2022

Tuesday 8th February 2022

On Tuesday 8th February 2022 the ESFA conducted an online mid season briefing with child welfare officers. The briefing covered topics such as DBS Checks, Safeguarding Support Visits, and ESFA National Safeguarding Volunteers. A recording of the meeting can be found below.

Martin Duffield | ESFA Child Welfare Officer

Martin Duffield

Tel: 07852 276416

Sarah Da Costa | ESFA Child Welfare Officer

Sarah DaCosta.jpg

Tel: 07855 942337

Child Welfare Pages:

For Players

AOTT Status

Child Welfare Policy Downloads

ESFA Affiliation Policy

FA Enhanced DBS Checks

FA Workshops

Reporting Concerns