Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Policy

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club is committed to safeguarding and ensuring the protection of children and young people. The Club fully accepts its responsibility for children and young people and our aim is to ensure that safeguarding runs through every element of the Club’s work to ensure the welfare and well-being of all children and young people who engage in activities.

All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of the presence of any protected characteristics listed by the Equality Act 2010. Age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

We believe that all adults working within the Club, in any capacity, have a duty and responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children and young people. We strive to do this by applying policy, procedures and best practice to promote the safety and welfare of children and young people who engage in activities with the Club. This allows them to enjoy any Club activity in a safe, inclusive and child-centred environment.

We believe that everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play in ensuring a child’s welfare. Adults who work with children and young people are placed in a position of trust that carries authority, status, power and, most importantly, responsibility.

We strive to ensure that all adults involved with children be positive role models who display high moral and ethical standards.

The safeguarding of children and young people is extremely important to all at the Club. We recognise that parents and carers often place trust in us to take care of their children; whether at a young Seagulls activity, an AITC event or session, an academy tour or attending a game at the Stadium. As such, we embrace the legal and moral responsibilities we hold for the safety and welfare of children.

Safeguarding Policy

Club Safeguarding Contacts

Name & Job Title

Paul Barber (BHAFC)

Senior Safeguarding Manager


Rose Read (BHAFC/AITC)

Senior Designated Safeguarding Officer

01273 878286
07584 102291


Richard Valder-Davis (BHAFC/AITC)

Club Senior Safeguarding Lead

07718 437725




External Contacts



Help for adults concerned about a child: 0808 800 5000

Help for children or young people, call Childline: 0800 1111

Brighton & Hove Local Safeguarding Children’s Board

If you think a child is being harmed or may be at risk of harm, please contact the Front Door for Families on 01273 290400

Sussex FA

Telephone: 01903 768578


The FA

Adult victims and survivors of childhood abuse within a football context can access information about the support available to them here.

NSPCC football helpline

0800 023 2642

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) 

0808 801 0331 or by visiting their website: NAPAC | Supporting Recovery From Childhood Abuse