The Club is committed to its safeguarding responsibility and has safeguarding officers within all of the club’s departments who can be contacted for advice or support at any time.

Scott Duxbury, Chairman and CEO:

“Watford Football Club, it’s staff, partners and the board of directors take responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every child, young person and adult at risk who takes part in any activity at our club.

“We will ensure that we provide safe environments for everybody and that our safeguarding policies and Strategic Safeguarding Plan reflects our commitment to this.”

Professor Stuart Timperley, Senior Safeguarding Lead:

“We will treat individuals with respect and their views will be valued and we will ensure that the same standards of care will be applied regardless of ethnic origin, nationality, race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

“We will act on any information that may suggest an adult or child is at risk of harm.

“We want to make sure that anybody who is part of Watford Football Club shares their responsibility to safeguard vulnerable groups.

“We will support all adults and children involved with our club in understanding their roles and responsibilities to report safeguarding concerns and in protecting children and adults at risk - this includes responsibility to report all safeguarding concerns to the club’s Senior Safeguarding Lead.”

At Watford FC we believe a culture of openness and accountability is a key tool in preventing illegal or unethical conduct in our club. If you are concerned about illegal or unethical conduct at Watford, or the behaviour of a member of staff or a volunteer, please report it HERE. The completed form will go straight to Watford FC's Safeguarding Leads.

When a member of staff raises such a concern it is known as ‘Whistleblowing’. Concerns will be taken seriously, and no-one will suffer any detrimental treatment as a result of raising a genuine concern. We'll listen, record the information you tell us, check with you that its accurate, and ensure you are safe.

Our Safeguarding Leads will take advice from a Safeguarding expert. They are very experienced and will know what is best to ensure you are safe and well looked after. They will keep you updated with what is going to happen next.

If it is a dangerous situation, we might contact people from Social Services, Health or the Police.

What we decide to do with your information will always be based on ensuring you are safe and not in any danger. What you tell us will be kept safe and secure, and will only be shared with people who need to know to keep you safe.

Rob Clarke, Head of Safeguarding
Phone: 01923 496256 / 07855 300439

Katie Wright, Safeguarding and Welfare Manager (Club and Academy)
Phone: 07876 786910

Andy Jenkins, Stadium Operations Manager
Phone: 07710 086997

Nathan Jopp, Academy Player Care & Safeguarding Officer
Phone: 07964 082163

Rebecca McDermott, Watford FC Women Safeguarding Officer
Phone: 07718 492050

Jenny Edwards, Safeguarding Manager (Trust)

Premier League Safeguarding Team
Phone: 0207 864 9000

English Football League (EFL) Safeguarding Team
Phone: 01772 325490

FA’s Safeguarding Team

Child line
Phone: 0800 1111 (24 hours free call)

NSPCC - child protection in sport unit
Phone: 0116 3665590
Text: 88858

CEOP - (Child exploitation online protection)
Report it HERE.

Children Schools and Families (Hertfordshire)
Phone: 0300 123 4043 (24 hours)

In an emergency phone: 999
In a non-emergency situation phone: 101

Phone: 0808 800 5000

In an emergency phone: 999
In a non-emergency situation phone: 101

Hertfordshire Adult care services
Phone: 0300 123 4043 (24 hours)

Safeguarding Adults Board (Hertfordshire)
Phone: 0300 123 4042 (24 hours)

Samaritans - (24 hours)
Text: 116 123

Phone: 0300 123 3393