Managing safeguarding risks

An important part of safeguarding is to identify risks before they happen. Once you know the risks you can then plan how they can be prevented and managed. When conducting football activities, it is important to ensure any risks in relation to the location, training facilities, other adults involved, and equipment are minimised by conducting a risk assessment as well as adhering to the school or club’s health and safety guidelines and child protection/safeguarding policy.

Risk management is a series of steps.

Risk assessments seek to identify the risk, the likelihood of the participants health and safety being impacted, the severity of the risk should an accident or incident occur, and the measures required to be taken to mitigate the risk. The more likely an accident occurring and the more severe its impact the more important mitigation of the risk.


Inappropriately designed sessions can put children at risk of harm. Risk assessment is an ongoing process which should be conducted before every session and a record kept of each risk and steps taken to mitigate the risk.  As risks may arise during a session it may be necessary to stop sessions to mitigate a newly identified risk.

In addition, during any football activity, children always need to be supervised as the likelihood of accidents happening increases when adequate adult supervision is not in place.