Job Description

We are excited to be searching for a Safeguarding Manager, who will work as part of the team that leads The FA preventative safeguarding strategy and interventions. Contribute to the safeguarding strategy, policy, procedures, standards, education, and guidance, to drive safe, inclusive, and fun football environments.

You will manage and deliver key strategic projects and core workstreams, aligned to The FA Safeguarding Strategy, and in conjunction with colleagues as required.

This role is advertised on a part-time basis (0.6 FTE basis) which is equivalent to 3 days per week which will be home based.

What will you be doing?

  • Contribute to the safeguarding team’s operational delivery, leading, planning, and prioritising actions and issues arising, attending relevant meetings internally and externally and managing complaints as required.
  • Project manage the Play Safe national game-wide campaign, in conjunction with colleagues and external third parties and stakeholders as guided.
  • Liaise with colleagues in the Grassroots Leagues and clubs and Digital and data teams, to leverage the development of a club self-reflection tool as part of digital vision 2024-28.
  • Support other safeguarding managers adding capacity in relation to driving safeguarding standards and support for those in designated roles in grassroots, the NLS and WNL, as required.
  • Manage a national pilot in conjunction with County FAs, the Safeguarding Adults and Education Manager and FA Education, to implement and embed local interactive safeguarding CPD sessions for coaches.
  • Contribute to the review of The safeguarding materials to ensure they are current and fit for purpose.
  • Input to the maintenance and evolution of safeguarding policy, procedures, standards, training and guidance for The FAs and grassroots footballs, collaborating with The FA’s Case Management team as required.
  • Support the planning, development and delivery of safeguarding briefings and training to relevant staff, consultants and volunteers as required.
  • Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group’s changing priorities.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.
  • As part of The FA’s commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

What are we looking for?

Essential for the role:


  • A professional safeguarding qualification and or relevant background in child-centred work.
  • In-depth knowledge of national child protection and safeguarding legislation, policy and implementation.
  • A knowledge and appreciation of education and training principles.
  • A sound working knowledge of data protection principles and practices.
  • Sound knowledge of equality legislation and inclusive practices as they relate to safeguarding and additional vulnerability.


  • Experience in implementing safeguarding policy and safer working practice guidance.
  • Proven experience in line management and effective project management.
  • Evidence of risk and crisis management experience.
  • Experience in developing digital resources.

Technical Skills:

  • Ability to create inspiring presentations and present to a wide range of key stakeholders.
  • Advanced Reporting Writing skills.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office.

Beneficial to have:


  • An understanding of the case management processes, legislation and related statutory and voluntary infrastructure.


  • Experience working in safeguarding in a sporting context.
  • Experience in managing referrals with statutory agencies.
  • Experience in developing tailored resources for different stakeholders.
  • Experience in differentiating learning materials and using a blended approach to learning.

Technical Skills:

  • Project Management e.g. Prince.
  • Budget management.

What’s in it for you?

We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George’s Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.

We pride ourselves in offering a competitive salary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:

  • Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
  • Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park.
  • Free private medical cover.
  • A contributory pension scheme.
  • An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
  • A hybrid working model offering flexibility on where you work.

For more information on what it is like to work at The FA, please visit our FA Careers page,

Our Organisation

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men’s, women’s, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, and Women’s Adobe FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

Your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George’s Park or our Processing Centre, unless the role is advertised as a homebased contract. The contractual location of this role can be found at the top of this advert on our FA vacancy page.

The FA, For All, For You

Our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy forms an integral part of our long-term commitment to using our influence across English football to create a game free from discrimination.

A Game For All outlines three key strategic commitments – Lead the Change, Be the Change, and Inspire the Change – which will ensure tackling discrimination remains a core priority for English football for years to come.

We are a diverse workplace, aspiring to represent football across the country. The Football Association actively promotes inclusion and diversity, encouraging you to be the best version of yourself at work.

We welcome applications from everyone and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process, please mention this during your application.

As part of The FA’s commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

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