The importance of this role cannot be underestimated. This person is not just the first point of contact for any safeguarding issues at the club or league, but should influence a safe, fun and inclusive environment across the game.
- Liaising with the County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer, the League Welfare Officer, other clubs Welfare Officers and at times, external organisations that may include the police, NSPCC or social services
- Ensure relevant policies are in place and followed
- Work with committee members, team managers/coaches and of course parents.
- Ensure the responsibilities of the role are diligently undertaking, including reporting concerns about safeguarding issues
- Monitor for patterns of poor practice and create action plans to address these
- Ensuring everyone who needs an FA DBS check does one and keeps it in date
- Ensuring officials complete The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop
- Ensure there is a thorough OFA Safeguarding Risk Assessment in place for all club run events such as Summer Tournaments
It is important to note that this role requires additional training. They need to complete the following:
- Safeguarding Children Workshop 3 hours
- Welfare Officer Workshop 3 hours
Details of these workshops and availability can be found by clicking on the respective links here. This individual will need both of these and an FA approved DBS check in place on their record before the system will allow the club to become a member. Please note that due to the various parties who supply information towards a DBS record, then it can take six weeks (sometimes longer) to get it through and on their records.