Safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility.

The club Welfare Officers have a responsibility for ensuring that children and young people, who register with Royston Town Youth FC, can play football in a safe and non-threatening environment, and are not subject to any form of neglect, abuse or bullying. It is the Welfare Officers duty to start investigating any report received within 24 hours of receipt. 


If you are worried about a child it is important that you report your concerns using the guidelines below - no action is not an option.


  1.   Contact the Royston Town Youth FC Welfare Officer, Kirsty Coogan 07737891597 - email
  2.  If the issue is one of poor practice the Welfare Officers will either: 
    • Deal with the matter themselves or
    • Seek advice from the Hertfordshire County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer
  3.  If the concern is more serious where a child is at serious risk of harm - contact the police on 999, you should then inform the County FA DSO and your Club Welfare officers
  4.  If the child needs immediate medical treatment take them to a hospital or call an ambulance and tell them this is a child protection concern. Let your County FA DSO and Club Welfare Officer know what action you have taken.
  5.  If at any time you are not able to contact your Club Welfare Officer or the matter is serious then you can:
    • Contact your County FA DSO directly,
    • Call The FA/NSPCC 24 hour Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000 or online
    • Contact the Police on 999 or Children's Services 
  6. Our Child Safeguarding Policy can be found on our policies download page here

NSPCC - Report your concerns 


CEOP - Make a report

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