Staying Safe Online

Millions of children across the UK have access to the internet. It is now central to how they stay in touch with their friends and family.

However the internet is also a public place and while bringing many benefits and opportunities, also opens up new risks and challenges. That’s why The FA and Cumberland Football Association have teamed up with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

CEOP is part of the UK police, set up to tackle the sexual exploitation of children. The CEOP Centre aims to educate children, young people, their parents, carers and fans to understand the risks they may face online and what they can do to empower themselves to stay safe. They also track, locate and hold child sexual offenders to account.

Football uses the internet to communicate to coaches, referees, medics, welfare officers, young leaders, players, parents/carers and fans. We all need to understand how to make use of this technology appropriately and working with the CEOP Centres education programme ‘Thinkuknow’ will help to do this.

Thinkuknow is an excellent education programme developed by the CEOP Centre, which delivers online safety messages to young people, their parents and the public. The ‘Thinkuknow’ programme uses innovative materials, aimed at empowering young people and their parents, to make the right choices when using the internet. The materials include films, leaflets, posters and a website, which focus on three key themes: how to have fun online, how to stay in control online and how to report.

We recommend that you take the time to visit the ‘Thinkuknow’ website, simply click on the ‘Thinkuknow’ logo.

If you have a concern about the way someone is behaving towards you online use the 'CEOP Report' button at the bottom of this page. You have immediate access to advice and guidance as well as the actual reporting form – help is only a click away.

Useful Contacts

General numbers for advice:

Cumberland Football Association: 01900 872310

FA Child Protection & CRB Enquiry line: 0800 085 0506
Deaf Users Text-phone: 0800 056 0566

FA CRB Enquiry line: (e-mail only)

FA/NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (24 hours a day)

Childline: 0800 1111

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Relevant Websites: - This charity website is designed for children and parents who are faced with dealing with bullying, giving practical advice and guidance. - Children's charity with national 24-hour telephone help line. This offers children the opportunity to talk in confidence. - Initiated by Avon and Somerset Police, Child-Safety aims to provide practical advice, promote safety and ensure that parents and organisations are made aware of the potential risks for children and young people when involved in travel, sport and organised groups. - The FA website, the Home of English Football. Access the latest child protection information. You may wish to return to the home page and click on Kids for more general information. - An online resource for children and teenagers who are having difficult life problems and do not know where to turn for help. - Charity for children that runs a helpline and training events and has collaborated on many child protection initiatives. - the website of the Ann Craft Trust, a national association which deals with the protection of learning disabled adults and children from sexual abuse. It also provides support for families and survivors. The Ann Craft Trust, Centre for Social Work, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD.

Tel: 0115 951 5400
Fax: 0115 951 5232
E-mail: - Britain's largest children's charity and a prime mover in the development of child protection services for sport. They run a 24-hour telephone helpline. The NSPCC National Training Centre houses a staffed Child Protection in Sport Unit, with multi-agency backing (see - Specialist library catalogue of research, journal articles & other publications, latest child protection news, weekly e-mail summaries, online publication ordering, selective reading lists. - Kids Zone is a website designed for young people, where you can find out more about the NSPCC and learn about their work to help children. There's the latest on the FULL STOP Campaign and news about celebrity supporters. Kids Zone will be developed over the next few months. – 24 hour confidential support and help for those with any kind of personal problem. Backed up by an e-mail group, Befrienders (via, an International charity developing volunteer action to prevent suicide. The site features a comprehensive directory of emotional first aid help lines. - The UK's free online specialised child protection e-source. A general list, of 1,000 self-help organisations, in the UK. - The Child Protection in Sport Unit's (CPSU) website, a registered charity funded by the NSPCC and Sport England. Designed for use by anyone involved in sport or child protection, it is informative with sections on Home, Parents, Children, Organisations and Professionals. - Sports Coach UK (previously known as The National Coaching Foundation) is committed to the development of coaches and coaching at every level in the UK. They provide workshops and resources to guide the coaching of young players and safe and ethical sports practice.