Safeguarding and Welfare

safeguarding is everyone's responsibility


Suffolk FA offers a range of safeguarding services and training to help create a safe and enjoyable football experience for everyone.

We ensure safeguarding requirements are met as a requirement of club affiliation and we support clubs to maintain these standards. This can sometimes include making unannounced safeguarding visits to clubs.

Here in Suffolk we are proud to support a number of award winning Charter Standard Clubs performing some brilliant work in safeguarding and welfare.

For more information about Child Exploitation and Online Protection click here

welfare officer FAQs

You or the coach needs to contact FA CRB 0845 2108080. It may be that the coach has been asked to supply additional information or purely an admin error.

In many cases this is just routine to clarify information and is nothing to worry about. If the individual does not comply with the process they will be suspended. It is up to the FA to make a decision on whether they should be accepted.

If you are querying a record we would need to have full details of the individual before searching records. That must include full birth name, as well the name they are known as now, address, DOB as well as any previous addresses. You will need to speak to the individual to find out this information.

Yes, please access this via the document below

Please register with

If you are on Whole Game System as the Club Welfare Officer, contact to register as the verifier

The system recognises your email address as the verifier so you will need use a different email address to register as an applicant

The online system shows the completion of the DBS process.Once that process is completed the FA makes its decision based on the content.There can be a few weeks delay between completion of the DBS process and it showing as accepted on Whole Game System.The DBS certificate is not a certificate of acceptance it is just part of the process. The only way to see if they are accepted is on member services

Your check can only be verified by County FA staff. Contact the CFA WO to arrange verification

Get in Touch

Darryn Marsh - Football Services Manager

Tel: 01449 616606 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) / 07572 107791



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