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.
USEFUL DOCUMENTS AND DOWNLOADS
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