Child Welfare

Morden Little League’s Child Welfare Policy follows the guidelines provided by the Football Association and Little League Football.

MLL have two Child Welfare Officers: Nigel Blackwell and Shaun Connolly


Welfare Officers have two key responsibilities:

1. To be clear about the club’s responsibilities when running activities for children and young people

2. To help club and league personnel understand what their ‘duty of care’ towards children and young people actually means on a daily basis

Our Roles include:

• Safeguarding children and young people so they stay safe, have fun – enjoy football!

• Promoting the FA’s Respect Programme and helping to develop best practice processes

• Ensuring volunteers understand their ‘duty of care’ towards children and young people

• Submitting FA DBS checks (previously CRB’s)

• Staying up to date with FA guidelines and best practice guidance

The main priority in this role will always be the children but please be aware that the Welfare Officer is there for everyone in the league

For more information visit:

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Checks (Formally known as CRB’s)

Before you can become a volunteer at Morden Little League you have to be checked out. Please don’t be offended – a moments thought and you will realise that we must check ALL volunteers.

MLLF CRB Officers: Nigel Blackwell Sam Abdool

The FA guidelines are in place to prevent people who are barred from working with children from becoming involved in football with U18’s, these guidelines are in accordance with the law and must be followed.

Morden Little League acts in accordance with the FA’s guidelines and ensures that any volunteer who is working with children complete a FA Enhanced Criminal Record Check. Respect The FA’s respect programme has been developed to tackle unacceptable behavior in football.

Respect aims to:

• Recruit and retain referees

• Improve the environment of the game and so improve the experience of everyone involved

The Child Welfare team are here to help with any questions that you may have regarding The FA’s Respect Programme and we will address any incidents of bullying, harassment, discrimination or abuse that occur.

Full details of the Respect Code of Conduct can be found at

Social Networking

Social networking is a very beneficial aspect of modern communication; however like the FA we recognize that there is also an increased risk to children and young people.

The Morden Little League Facebook page is operated in accordance to The FA’s Best Practice Guidelines and is monitored and administered by the Morden Little League Welfare Officers and Committee.

Please remember the Facebook page is a valuable source of communication, but should not be used for personal communication and banter.

You can find useful information about online safety on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP’s)

Parents/Carers and children can also discuss any concerns regarding communication with the MLL Child Welfare Team.

Useful Contacts

NSPCC (24 hour helpline): 0800 800 5000

CEOP’s online reporting page: 


Taking Photos or Videos of the children

If you wish to take photos or video of your child whilst attending MLL , to avoid any misunderstanding please make sure you talk to a member of the committee first.

Before the game begins also make sure that your manager and the opposing team manager and all the parents are aware.

If there are any strong opinions against you taking any video footage or photos then we would ask you to respect this. If you wish to discuss this further please ring 0208330 2663
FA guidelines on the taking of photographs and videos

To report potentially unlawful materials on the internet please contact:

The Internet Watch Foundation

Telephone:01223 237700

Fax the Hotline:01223 235921

The FAs Case Management Team

All Managers and Assistance

Please make sure players arrive with suitable clothing i.e. warm clothing, dry clothing in case they are substituted or come off injured. One injured player has already suffered hypothermia because of the wet, cold, and shock.

Injuries to players

Referees will stop a game immediately if they see a head injury, also if an injured player stays on the ground for a length of time the game can also be stopped either if the ball goes out of play or in a suitable area of the pitch. Sadly it is more common for players to fake injury during matches this season. When tackled some players will scream out and go to ground like they have been shot. It has also been noticed that some players will cry if they don’t get a decision there way to justify the claim.

Refereeing of Mini Soccer matches

Managers may referee half a match each and coach there players at the same time. They are all volunteers and deserve the same respect as everybody else. There are no LEAGUE TABLES.