Arsenal Football Club PLC fully acknowledges and accepts its responsibility for the safety and well being of children, young people and adults at risk, who engage in activities carried out with the Club. 

Their welfare is of paramount importance and is achieved by creating a safe and positive environment that protects them from harm.

The Club has in place comprehensive safeguarding procedures which meet the requirements of The FA Premier League Rules, The FA Safeguarding Children Rules, Affiliated Football’s Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures and Government legislation to ensure the national standards for safeguarding are met and implemented throughout the Club.  This includes creating a safe environment by getting the right people involved through a process of safe recruitment and training as well as promoting clear systems to deal with any issues or concerns.

If You Have a Concern
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and club personnel have a duty to safeguard the welfare of children and adults at risk. Arsenal Football Club has a number of people trained and ready to deal with matters of abuse, harassment or bullying involving vulnerable people.

If you have a concern about your own safety or the safety or welfare of a child or adults at risk who engage in Club activities you can speak to the following people:

  • The person in charge of the activity who will refer on to a Safeguarding Officer
  • The Club's Safeguarding Manager
  • The appointed site or departmental Safeguarding Officer shown below


Phil Doorgachurn
Club Safeguarding Manager, Children's Services Lead Officer, Adult at Risk Lead Officer and Lead Disclosure Officer.
0207 704 4803 (office)
07703 881616 (mobile) 


Alex Hepton
0207 704 4701 (office)
07711 358332 (mobile)


Kira Johal
0207 704 4831


Arsenal in the Community Safeguarding Officers
Freddie Hudson, Martin Davis, Jack McNicholl, Jack Ironside

Arsenal Ladies & Girls Centre of Excellence
Zoe Lance

Arsenal Academy (London Colney)
Matt Henly

Arsenal Academy (Hale End)
Ruth Corry and Kate Harding

Stadium Management
Sharon Cicco, Zoe Young, Sam Scammel

Travel, Events & Supporter Liaison
Andrew Pigott

Arsenal Soccer Schools
Theo Staniscia-Singa

Match Day Hospitality
Ashleigh Mackinnon

Education & Welfare (Academy London Colney)
Matt Henly

Box Office & Contact Centre
Diane Anderson

If you are worried about the immediate safety or welfare of a child or adult at risk you can also contact:

  • The Police - dial 999
  • The NSPCC Child Line - 0800 1111
  • Islington Social Care Services via the Emergency Duty Team - 020 7226 0992

Staying Safe Online
Football uses the internet to communicate to players, parents, fans, coaches, referees, scouts, medics and agents, it’s important to understand how to make use of this technology appropriately and working with the CEOP Centre and their education programme, Think U Know will help to do this.

Arsenal Football Club wants you to stay safe online. There is plenty of help out there for both young people and parents and some websites and contacts are shown below.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
Millions of children and young people 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 Premier League and Arsenal FC have teamed up with The FA and 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.

If you suspect online child abuse or have concerns about something that may have happened online, click this button and take action.

CEOP - Think U Know

CEOP - Think U Know 

Think U Know
Emails, websites and social media play an ever increasing part in children’s lives. Most of the time the World Wide Web is fun, informative and safe however, there are also people out there who use it for inappropriate reasons.

Do you think you know who is on the other end of your web chat?

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1 Oct 2013