Safeguarding & Welfare

If a child is in immediate danger, please contact the police.

For guidance related to safeguarding concerns outside of office hours, please call the NSPCC helpline, which is open 24/7, on 0808 800 5000.


At Sheppey United FC, we take safeguarding extremely seriously. Everyone involved in football, including parents, carers, coaches and spectators, have a responsibility to ensure the welfare of all children and young people involved in the sport.

Sheppey United FC recognises it’s own responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk, by working to protect them all, from varying forms of abuse and poor practice.

We are committed to providing a safe, and fun environment for all those involved at the club.

Get in touch

Eddy Mcentire
Club Welfare Officer (CWO)
07484 670314

Lucy Thomsett
Club Assistant Welfare Officer
07867 490203

For guidance related to a safeguarding
concern outside of office hours, please email


To view our Safeguarding Children Policy, please Click Here

To view our Anti-Bullying Policy, please Click Here


Club Welfare Officers

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, however our Club Welfare Officers (CWO) are key, along with our committee, in ensuring safeguards are in place at Sheppey United FC.

CWO should ensure:

  • There is a safeguarding children policy, anti-bullying policy and equality policy in place;
  • Those who hold official roles eligible for an FA DBS check have one that is in-date;
  • Officials, players and parents know who their club Welfare Officer is and what the role of the Welfare Officer is;
  • There are responsible recruitment processes which include the taking up of references.

CWO should always:

  • Work collaboratively with your County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO);
  • Attend committee meetings, ensuring safeguarding is a regular agenda item;
  • Work proactively with your local welfare officer network(s) and attend network meetings;

Give children and young people a voice.


How to report a concern

If you are worried about a child or adult at risk, you must report your concerns. Doing nothing isn’t an option. The 5 Rs of safeguarding are a useful way to remember what steps to take if you have a concern.

In order to report a concern:

  • Speak to the Club Welfare Officer
  • Speak to the County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer.
  • E-mail The FA Safeguarding Case Management Team at
  • If your concern is about a child, seek advice from your CWO or County FA DSO. You can also call the NSPCC 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email You could also call Childline on 0800 1111 or visit for alternative contact methods.

If it is an emergency and a child or adult is at immediate risk of harm, call the Police or Children’s Services in your area.


DBS Checks

From the start of the 2024/25 season, all team officials at clubs with players who are under 18 years of age, who are registered for open age football, will need to have a current DBS clearance and will need to have completed the new ‘Player Welfare in Open Age Football’ course.

This therefore means that all managers, coaches, assistant managers and assistant coaches (including specialist coaches), physios and first aiders must have the above. Club secretaries do not need to complete this training.

The ‘Player Welfare in Open Age Football’ course is free online, takes approximately 45-60 minutes to complete and is currently a one-off training course. Please note that a refresher date mate be set in future, but your club will keep you updated.

Please use the link below to complete the course:

If you have any issues or questions, please speak to the Club Welfare Officer.


Safeguarding Courses

To view The FA’s available safeguarding courses, please click here.


Safeguarding Newsletters:

Coming Soon


Exit Questionnaires

At Sheppey United FC, we understand and respect that children, young people and their families may want to play at a different club. Whilst we are sorry to see anyone leave Sheppey United FC, we would like to offer families the opportunity to provide feedback on their experience of the club.

Therefore, if you have recently left our youth section, please feel free to download and complete the following exit questionnaire, and e-mail it the Club Welfare Officers. Please note that responses will be shared with Sheppey United FC’s committee and will be treated with complete confidence.

To download our Exit Questionnaire, please Click Here

Sheppey United FC