A guidance for child welfare officers / Safeguarding focal points [English Football Association]

Introduction /extract from the document

This 10 point checklist aims to help you and your club create safe and enjoyable activities for Children and Young People (CYP). It will guide you through the different safeguards that need to be put in place when planning and running any activity for CYP. Please use this together with The FA Grassroots Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures click here and best practice guidance click here.

Every club, activity and child is different so there can’t be a ‘one size fits all’ approach but using this check list should help you prepare for different activities; whether that’s training sessions, matches, a summer BBQ fund raiser or going on tour!

If you are unsure about anything in this checklist or have any questions please contact your County FA Welfare Officer for more help and advice.

Thank you for taking on the role of Club Welfare Officer, you have an essential part to play in football and we know that is not always an easy job. However we also recognise it can be one of the most rewarding. We hope that this Safeguarding Checklist makes your role that little bit easier. If you are the only welfare officer at your club why not think about getting someone else to join you to help make a difference? Clubs with multiple teams, that have more than one welfare officer, have had some of the most positive impacts.

Whatever your situation it’s important to remember that you are part of a bigger team. With 10,000 welfare officers in post across the country supported by 50 County FA Welfare Officers there’s a lot of great work happening and opportunities for helpful and practical support and advice.

Thank you,The FA Safeguarding Team