Safeguarding Contacts

Club policies are currently under review and will be uploaded to the website in the near future.


Whistle-blowing in a safeguarding context means revealing and raising concerns over misconduct or malpractice within an organisation, or within an independent structure associated with it.

It can be used as an early-warning system or when it is recognised that appropriate actions have not been taken. This approach or policy is adopted in many different walks of life.

Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague’s conduct towards a Child, Young Person or Adult at Risk can also use whistle-blowing by calling 0800 169 1863 and asking for The FA’s safeguarding team, or via email to

Contact Us

Senior Safeguarding Manager (SSM) (Board Representative)

Claire Halket (Director of People and Operations)

(T): 01782 655800 / (E):

Head of Safeguarding & Lead Disclosure Officer

Rich Talbot

(T): 01782 655800 / (E):

Safeguarding Team

Concerns / General Enquiries

(M): 07703 753688 / (E):

Port Vale Academy Designated Safeguarding Officers

Daniel Lloyd (Head of Academy Coach and Player Development (14-18) YDP Lead)

(T): 01782 655800 / (E):

Megan Walters (Player Care Lead)

(M): 07802 796664 / (E): 

Port Vale Foundation Designated Safeguarding Officer

Will Turner (Head of Community)

(M): 07921 071848 / (E) 

Disability Access Officer

James Copeland (Ticket and Supporter Services Executive)

(T): 01782 655821 / (E):

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Will Turner (Head of Community)

(M): 07921 071848 / (E) 


If you have any concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a Child, Young Person or Adult at Risk at Port Vale Football Club you can contact us via telephone or email. A member of our Safeguarding Team will review the information you have provided within 48 hours and decide what action needs to be taken. Should the matter be of an urgent nature with a risk of harm to a Child, Young Person or Adult at Risk you are advised to call 999.

We have a duty to share information that you provide to us with other agencies if we think that a Child, Young Person or Adult at Risk could be at risk of harm.

Alternatively, concerns can be reported to the following organisations:

Staffordshire Police

(T): 101 Non-Emergency / (T): 999 Emergency

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Adult Safeguarding Partnership Board (SSASPB)

If the Adult at Risk resides within Stoke on Trent:

(T): 0800 561 0015 at any time / (Minicom): 01782 236037

If the Adult at Risk resides elsewhere within Staffordshire:

(T): 0345 604 2719 (Mon-Thurs 08:30-17:00 & Fri 08:30-16:30 Hours) excluding Bank Holidays

Out of Hours

(T): 0345 604 2886

Stoke on Trent Safeguarding Children Partnership (*Stoke on Trent Only*)

Childrens Advice and Duty Service (CHaD)

If you suspect a Child or Young Person is at risk of significant harm.

(T): 01782 235100 (Monday – Friday 08:30 to 18:00 Hours).

Out of Hours

Emergency Duty Team (EDT)

(T): 01782 234234 / (W):

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) (Stoke on Trent)

John Hanlon (T): 0800 561 0015

Staffordshire Childrens Advice and Support Service (SCAS)

This service does not cover Stoke on Trent (Refer to CHaD above).

If you suspect a Child or Young Person is at risk of significant harm.

(T): 0300 111 8007 (Monday – Thursday – 08:30 to 17:00 Hours & Friday – 08:30 to 16:30 Hours)

Out of Hours

Emergency Duty Service

(T): 0345 604 2886 / (E)

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) (Staffordshire)

Linda Hancock (T): 0300 111 8007

Useful Resources

NSPCC Helpline

(T): 0808 800 5000 / (E):

NSPCC Child Protection in Sport


Care Quality Commission (Regulator of Health and Social Care in England)

(T): 0300 061 6161

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

(T): 0808 2000247

Stonewall (LGBTQ+ Support Network)


Mind (Mental Health Support)

(T): 0300 123 3393 / (W):

The Samaritans

(T): 116 123 / (W):

Hub for Hope

Mobile Telephone App (IOS & Android) – Links to numerous local support services

English Football League (EFL)

(T): 01772 325490 / (E):

FA Safeguarding Team

(T): 0800 169 1863 / (E):

Staffordshire Football Association

Jan Scott (Safeguarding & Education Officer)

(T): 01785 256994 (Ext: 205) / (M): 07969 294023 / (E):