The club can appoint more than one person as a welfare officer, and should do if the club is large with many teams.
But only one person per club should act as the single point of contact with the Northumberland F.A. or other agencies unless exceptional circumstances dictate.
The selection of the Club Welfare Officer is vital to ensure the right person is in post.
All welfare officers should be a current FA CRB enhanced disclosure confirmed, before being accepted into the post.
They should attend a Safeguarding Children’s course & also attend a Welfare Officer’s workshop as soon as practicable.
(Please check www.northumberlandfa.com for the availability of courses)
Support from the Northumberland FA will be readily available.
The first point of contact for the Club welfare officer will usually be the County Welfare officer, based at the Northumberland F.A. see the above site for the contact details.
Please refer to www.thefa.com/TheFA/GOALChildProtection/
for guidance on variety of matters relating to this subject.
If in doubt – Ask!!!
REMEMBER – The safety of the child or young person must remain paramount.
Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Information
Useful telephone numbers
Tel – 0191 270 11 66 or 0191 270 07 00
FA / NSPCC 24 hr free Helpline
Tel – 08088005000
For those with hearing difficulty, there is a text phone number
Tel - 0800 056 0566
Please find attached The FA, Equality and Child Protection department’s new Welfare Officer Information Pack. This resource has been designed to provide club CWO’s with the essential information needed to carry out your duties over the coming season along with easy links to more detailed, in-depth information and guidance hosted on TheFA.com.
The Welfare Officer Information Pack has been designed so that each section can be periodically updated individually. This will help those holding hard copies keep their information up-to-date.
The Information Pack includes sections on:
- Safeguarding policy, procedures & regulations
- Best Practice Guidance
- Enhanced CRB Checks
- The Online Safeguarding Service
- Safeguarding Children Education
The pack also includes a series of appendices, which you can use for reference to guide your work programme through the season, along with an Additional Information and Important Contacts section which includes an area for you to fill in your local contacts.
We trust the Welfare Officer Information Pack will be useful resource for you over the coming season.