Safer recruitment

Guidance note: Safer recruitment [UEFA]

The range and quality of football programmes for children would not exist without the time, skills and commitment of staff and volunteers.

Ensuring that the right people are working for football organisations is a key part of creating an environment where child safeguarding is taken seriously, and children can have fun. Just as we would only recruit a coach with the necessary qualifications, so we should make sure that those working with, and for, the organisation are suitable to work with children.

Criminal record check for those working with children [English Football Association]

As part of the FA safeguarding children strategy, The FA requires those working in eligible roles with children and young people to pass a criminal records check. This is in line with legislation and government guidance and is standard practice.  

The FA provides the framework and guidance for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks in football and the leagues and clubs then have to implement this to ensure that those who are required to have checks done, do so.  

More on the link below.

Standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport [NSPCC]

These Standards provide a framework for all those involved in sport to help them create a safe sporting environment for children and young people and protect them from harm.

The Standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport (PDF) also seek to provide a benchmark to help those involved in sport make informed decisions, and to promote good practice and challenge poor practice.