LFE is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

If Apprentices wish to raise any issue relating to Child Protection or safeguarding, there are a number of avenues that they can follow.

Clubs are required to appoint a Child Protection Officer who is responsible for implementing Safeguarding procedures which follow the policies established by LFE, The English Football League and The Football Association with regard to safeguarding young people.

Alternatively, if Apprentices do not feel comfortable approaching a member of staff at the Club, they can also discuss any concerns with the LFE Regional Officer who will visit your Club on a regular basis. Information on the process(es) for reporting abuse should be included in the Apprentice induction programme.

Any such issues brought to the attention of LFE staff will be treated seriously and referred through the appropriate investigation channels.

Sources of further information

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre

Ever increasing numbers of young people across the UK have access to the internet. It is central to how they stay in touch with their friends and family. However the internet is also a public place and while bringing many benefits and opportunities, also opens up new risks and challenges. That’s why LFE has teamed up with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

CEOP is part of the UK police, set up to tackle the sexual exploitation of children. The CEOP Centre aims to educate children, young people, their parents, carers and fans to understand the risks they may face online and what they can do to empower themselves to stay safe. They also track, locate and hold child sexual offenders to account.

LFE uses the internet to communicate to apprentices, to English Football League clubs, to parents and carers. It’s important to understand how to make use of this technology appropriately and working with the CEOP Centres education programme Thinkuknow will help to do this. Whilst the Thinkuknow website targets advice at specific age groups up to the age of 16 years, LFE encourages apprentices to use the Thinkuknow programme principles of safe use of the internet as a good practice guidance for young players up to 18 years.

For further information on CEOP please visit the links below: