The Role and Responsibilities of your Child Welfare Officer
The Role of your Club Child Welfare Officer
Your two key responsibilities are:
1. To be clear about the club's responsibilities when running activities for children and young people.
Ensuring these responsibilities are well understood by others
Working with the Youth League Welfare Officer (YLWO), Tony Gascoyne
Working with your County FA Welfare Officer
Promoting The FA's Respect programme and helping to develop best-practice processes
2. To help club personnel understand what their 'duty of care' towards children and young people actually means and entails on a day-to-day basis
In order to carry out your responsibilities you need to follow these five simple steps
Put in place:
A safeguarding children policy and anti-bullying policy
Responsible recruitment processes including the taking up of references (getting the right people into the game)
The Respect Codes.
What Respect aims to do
The benefits of implementing the Respect codes
The quick wins to be gained by using The FA's safeguarding children
Best practice guidance (e.g. Travel, Trips and Tournaments*, Photography guidelines*, Anti-bullying policy* and club safeguarding children policy template*)
Why certain roles require an Enhanced CRB check and how The FA CRB process works
How to refer a concern about the welfare of a child.
Club officials about Respect and its aims
Parents/spectators and get them to sign up to the Respect codes
Parents and new players by getting involved with running 'start of season' welcome sessions for members
Coaches and managers about the importance of being consistent role models for their players
Your YLWO - introduce yourself, find out how they can support you and let them know what you are doing to safeguard children in your club
Your CFA Welfare Officer if you need help or advice
The FA by taking part in surveys, questionnaires, focus groups as and when asked.
Parents to complete the Respect education programme
Coaches, team managers, first aiders/medics to complete The FA's Safeguarding Children Workshop
Coaches and team managers to listen to their players thoughts, ideas and views
The committee to make use of the designated spectator area at all games.
Repeated incidents of poor behaviour and liaise with your committee (and where necessary YLWO or CFA Welfare Officer)
Compliance with Enhanced CRB checks through The FA CRB Unit for those who require one.