Know Your Rights_16_17 year olds

Information for 16 and 17 Year Olds

Know Your Rights in Football

Guidance for different age groups and understanding children’s rights

A child is someone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday. Once they turn 18, they are legally an adult.

The FA, County Associations and football clubs should always ask parents/carers if it’s ok for their children to get involved in football activity. 16-17 year olds will usually be asked to make their own decision about getting involved (self-consent). In some exceptional circumstances parents/carers may also be asked.

Children have the right:

- To feel safe both online and offline;
- To healthy relationships and appropriate boundaries;
- Not to be bullied, harassed or intimidated;
- Not to feel uncomfortable or unsafe;
- Not to be discriminated against because of your age, gender, gender reassignment, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership, faith, ability or disability, pregnancy and maternity.


The FA have produced information for 16/17 year-olds including 'Know Your Rights', What You Can Do' and helpful organisations. Download it by clicking on the link.

Download 'Know Your Rights'

Organisations who support children include:

 Childline - (Helpline - 0808 800 5000)
 CEOP – ThinkUknow -
 ChildNet -
 Samaritans - (Helpline is open 24 hrs a day 0116 123)
Stonewall -
 Stonewall Youth -
 YoungMinds -
 DisrespectNoBody -


If you have any safeguarding queries you can email or telephone our Designated Safeguarding Officer, Mel Sandwith on 01900 511800 (opt 3) or 07704 156780