The health and safety of all children within the care of SHIELD Academy is paramount. The club is making strides towards making this football club the safest football club in England.

It is now mandatory that every youth football club in the United Kingdom have a Club Welfare Officer (CWO), assisted with Child Protection Officers. Shield Academy are no exception. We are dedicated to ensuring that the club is in line with the latest legislation and updates concerning Child Welfare. Our CWO & Assistants are both Child Protection and Welfare Trained.

Underneath you can find various literature conerning child protection. We hope that these are found to be useful and accurate.

Jay Gomez; Club Welfare Officer 07974 794 010.

Who Are Your Welfare Officers?

Clive Morgan

Clive is an assistant CWO, and the club’s disciplinary officer. Previously Clive was CWO at Shield, and has also headed Child Welfare at one of the largest clubs in London. A manager with our Under 17’s, Clive will oversee all legislation as well as supporting our Child protection team.

Dan Seymour

Dan is Founder and Director of Football at Shield. He is also an assistant CWO. He heads our Management team, and will oversee all qualifications. He and Jay ensure that all qualifications & CRB’s are up-to-date.

Jay Gomez

Jay Gomez was appointed CWO in 2014. He is both a parent and coach within our under 13’s, coaching at his second club. Jay now heads our child safety team, and will be the point of contact for the club. He will also oversee our club’s RESPECT programme.

Useful Resources

Below, you will find some useful resources concerning child safety whilst undergoing sporting activities. Feel free to suggest your own in our forums.

Child Line 

ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call them on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem

NSPCC 

Children’s charity for the prevention of child abuse.

ThinkUKnow 

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre website contains information on internet safety and safe surfing for young people.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre 

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre works across the UK and maximises international links to tackle child sex abuse wherever and whenever it happens.

Child Protection in Sport Unit

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) works with the UK Sports Councils, governing bodies and other organisations to help them minimise the risk of child abuse during sporting activities.