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Welfare Officers

welfare officers play a vital role in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

Volunteer Welfare Officers

Football is proud to have a network of 8,500 welfare officers across the grassroots youth game in the UK, supporting safe and fun environments for everyone.

Responsibilities- Welfare officers must:

1. Be clear about the club’s/league’s responsibilities when running activities for children and young people.

2. Help club/league personnel to recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and to actively play their part.

Prerequisites to being a Welfare Officer

To become a club welfare officer you will need to:

  • Attend The FA Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officer Workshops. Click here for more information.
  • Have an in-date FA Accepted Enhanced DBS with Children’s Barring List Check.
  • In date Safeguarding Children Course
  • In date Safeguarding for Committee Members

Make sure everyone knows you

To be effective as welfare officer it’s vital that everyone in your club/league knows who you are and how you can be contacted especially the players, parents and coaches. You should sit on the club/league committee and as a club welfare officer you should know your coaches and manager. If you are part of a large or expanding club/league you may wish to encourage the committee to appoint an additional welfare officer(s) to support the work you are doing. We would recommend clubs with more than 10 teams consider having additional welfare officers.

Implementing club safeguarding practice

The club welfare officer safeguarding checklist Click here will help you to ensure essential safeguards are place within your club.  


northumberland fa welfare officer workshop presentation February 2022

The FA safeguarding strategy 21/22 - 23/34

Independent review into child abuse in football 1970 - 2005

Get In Touch

For further information please contact 


Phone: 0191 2700 700 or 

 07736 924 862

Volunteer roles

There are lots of different roles required to run a football club, from physical roles such as coach, to behind the scenes roles such as secretary.

Below are some of the roles that you can get involved in and a brief explanation of their responsibilities.
Volunteers kick off your season
Safeguarding and Welfare


Whatever your involvement in football, you have a responsibility to make our game as safe and enjoyable as possible for everyone.

This is particularly true if your role as a volunteer involves working or being with children and young people under the age of 18.

Find out how The FA and the Northumberland FA manages safeguarding nationally and locally. You’ll also find detailed information on the game’s safeguarding strategy, and how it applies to you.


Raising Awareness

Criminal Records Checks