Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Policy

We are fully committed to safeguarding and protecting children and young people. Our aim is to ensure safeguarding runs through every element of the work we do to ensure the welfare and well-being of all children and young people who engage in activities.

Everyone has a right to be protected from abuse, regardless of the presence of any protected characteristic 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 children and young people. We strive to do this by applying policies, procedures, and best practices to promote the welfare of those who engage in activities with the club. This allows them to enjoy any club activities in a safe, inclusive, and child-centered environment.

We believe everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play. Adults who work with children and young people are placed in a position of trust which carries authority, status, power and, most importantly, responsibility. So, we strive to ensure all adults are positive role models who display high moral and ethical standards for the children they work with.

We recognise that parents and carers often place trust in us to take care of their children; whether at a young Seagulls activity, a Brighton & Hove Albion Foundation event or session, an academy tour or attending a game at any of our venues. As such, we embrace the legal and moral responsibilities we hold for the safety and welfare of children.


Child Safeguarding Policy

Adult Safeguarding Policy

If you have a concern you would like to discuss, please contact:

Richard Valder-Davis
Senior Safeguarding Lead


01273 878271

Matt Dorn
Designated Safeguarding Officer



Club Safeguarding Team

Paul Barber (BHAFC)

Senior Safeguarding Lead

Rose Read (BHAFC/Foundation)

Senior Designated Safeguarding Officer

01273 878286
07584 102291

Matt Dorn (Foundation)

Senior Designated Safeguarding Officer

Richard Valder-Davis (BHAFC/Foundation)

Head of Safeguarding & Academy Player Care

07718 437725


External Safeguarding 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