Club Welfare Officers
obtaining a criminal record check (DBS)
Coaches working within an affiliated youth football club must complete their Criminal Records Check (DBS) with their club. This can be carried out via the Club Welfare Officer.
If you require your Criminal Records Check to be verified in an emergency (eg your Club Welfare Officer is unavailable) then a list of County FA verifiers can be found on our website. The cost of a DBS for a volunteer is £10.
Please note: Anyone receiving a wage from football must pay the additional government charge of £44.
When attending a verification meeting with your club or County FA staff please ensure that you bring along all of the correct documents. Please check all documents are in date and if using utility bills that they are within the last three months.
The verifier has to sign a legal declaration that they have seen all the correct documents so the County FA cannot be held responsible for incomplete applications which result in the applicant having to attend another verification meeting.
how we handle reported concerns
Concerns within your club
If you are concerned about your child or another child in your club, you would normally contact your Club Welfare Officer (CWO) in the first instance. You should be given the contact details of the CWO at the start of the season. If you do not know who your CWO is, speak to a coach in your club and ask for their details. The CWO will normally deal with cases of poor practice and behaviour within your club.
County Welfare Officer
For concerns of a serious nature or for advice and guidance contact Designated Safeguarding Officer Hayley Chart on 01449 6126606 or 07572 107791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
support for welfare officers
As you know RESPECT is The FA's direct response to a clear message from the grassroots game. We must improve standards of behaviour - on and off the field.
Parental behaviour is one of the main reasons why young players drop out of the game. Poor behaviour by coaches, parents and players has also seen a number of officials drop out each season
The role of the Club Welfare Officer (CWO) is to deal with poor practice cases within their club, give advice and guidance as well as being the lead on CRC’s within the club.
CWOs should always report more serious welfare case to the FA via the County Welfare Officer.