Academy Safeguarding and Policies


Bradford City Football Club are fully committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children, young people, young players, vulnerable adults, vulnerable groups and expects all staff, players and volunteers to share this commitment.  

The Club makes provisions for children and young people, young players and adults at risk (Vulnerable Groups) ensuring that: 

  • The welfare of these groups is paramount. 
  • All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to safety and protection from abuse and harm. 
  • Prevent policies and processes are in place for the protection of vulnerable groups from radicalisation. 
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately. 
  • All staff, players and volunteers working for the club have a responsibility to report concerns to the Senior Safeguarding Manage and Designated Safeguarding Officers.
  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility; the club aims through its policy and practises to create a culture of vigilance and ensuring all concerns are reported.

Legal Framework 

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely; 

  • Children Act 1989 & Children Act 2004 
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003 
  • Health & safety at work Act 1974
  • Modern Slavery at work act 2015
  • Private Fostering Regulations 2005
  • Equality Act 2010 
  • Management of health & safety at work Regulations 1999
  • Working Together 2018
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 
  • The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 
  • Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003
  • General Data Protection Regulations 2018 
  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 
  • Education Act 2002
  • General Data Protection Regulations 2018 

Useful Contact Details

The Senior Safeguarding Officer at the club is Paula Watson 07967 510560. The SSO is the senior manager with primary responsibility for managing and reporting safeguarding concerns and for putting into place and monitoring policies, procedures and daily practice to safeguard children and adults at risk in the organisation. 

The Match day Safeguarding contact at the club is Sian Nuttall 07496 698298

The Academy Safeguarding & Club DSO contact at the club is Lee-Ann Brewer 07949 814505. The DSO is the designated person with primary responsibility for managing and reporting safeguarding concerns and to ensure there is good daily practice to safeguard children and adults at risk in the organisation. 

Bradford City FC Community Foundation DSO is Lizzie Saunderson 07469 234066

If you prefer to report an incident by email please contact safeguarding@bradfordcityfc.co.uk 

If there are any concerns about any of the above named people then any of the external agencies can be contacted or Ryan Sparks CEO can be contacted at Ryansparks@bradfordcityfc.co.uk

If you have serious concerns about the immediate safety of the child or young person contact the Police or Social Services.  Record the name of the person you spoke to and tell your DSO what you have done.

Bradford Council Children Safeguarding Services During Working Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5:00pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm First Contact Team:01274  437500– out of hours 01274 431010 

Bradford Council Adult Safeguarding Services During Working Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 4:30pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm First Contact Team:01274  431077– out of hours 01274 431010    

West Riding FA: out of hours 07912 309565

FL Child Protection Advisor: 01772 325 811/07795 628 379   

FA Safeguarding Team: 0800 169 1863 or via safeguarding@thefa.com  

English Football League Trust on 07583491701

NSPCC Helpline number: 0808 800 5000/ www.nspcc.org.uk/inform/cpsu 

September 2020