Child Protection



 Safeguarding players is of paramount importance to the SYFA

The SYFA is dedicated to providing safe and secure footballing opportunities for young people in Scotland, with child wellbeing and protection central to all that we do. This section provides important information and advice on child protection.


If you have any concerns about the welfare of a player, please complete our  Concern Recording Form and email this to our National Protection Officer  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you think a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999, or call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, straight away.

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SYFA Protection Policy

The Scottish Youth FA is fully committed to promoting, supporting and safeguarding the wellbeing of all children under it's jurisdiction. We recognise the child’s rights to protection as provided in Article 19 of the UNCRC. ‘Child protection’ means protecting a child from child abuse or neglect, as stated within the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014. For the purposes of this policy a child is recognised as someone under the age of 18 years.

This policy applies to all children regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion, socio-economic status or family circumstance.

For full details on our Protection Policy:

Introduction and Policy Statement

Procedures - Appointment and Selection, Responding to Concerns and Case Review

Set The Standards

Practice Notes

NSPCC SYFA Child Protection website

SYFA Online Protection Training

All SYFA member Officials, regardless of their role, must complete the Children's Wellbeing in Football e-learning online module.

To access the e-learning course Click Here

Every Club's Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer MUST ALSO complete the Managing Child Wellbeing Workshop

To book on this course please Click Here

Please read the following guidance of how to book:

Booking a course


Protection Flow chart




PVG Advice and Guidelines

Please remember you must have registered to become an Official with an SYFA Club before you can be PVG Checked. If we receive a PVG form and you are not a registered official on the SYFA Registrations Website we cannot process your form. 

Your PVG check must be carried out through the SYFA (not the individual club with which you are volunteering) in order for your membership to be approved. PVG checks which have been carried out through a different organisation cannot be used as part of your application.

If you have already completed a PVG check through another organisation, you MUST complete an Existing PVG Application Form for the SYFA.


Please contact your League Secretary or League Match Secretary to find out when the next PVG night will be.


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Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)


CEOP website

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. That means they are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.

Please click here to go to the CEOP website

Click here to view the CEOP Youtube Page




Fearless is a site where you can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality.

What makes this site different is they also provide you with a safe place to give information to about crime - 100% anonymously.