Welfare Officer Workshop

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All leagues and clubs with youth teams must have a named Welfare Officer who has an enhanced FA CRB certificate and has completed the FA Safeguarding Children and the FA Welfare Officers Workshop. Let’s make football safe, not sorry.

In order to affiliate a Junior Football Club in North Riding a team must have a minimum of one qualified Club Welfare Officer (CWO).

In order to be qualified, a CWO must hold:

1) An FA CRB – this must be renewed every three years
2) A Safeguarding Children Certificate – to be renewed every three years as best practice
3) Attend a Welfare Officer Workshop

Clubs should consider whether they have sufficient Welfare Officers for the number of teams they have. In North Riding we recommend that Assistant Welfare Officers be appointed for both Charter Standard and large clubs.

The type of person who makes a good Welfare Officer is someone who:

• Always puts children’s welfare first
• Is a good communicator
• Has a common sense approach
• Is willing to learn and seek advice
• Is over the age of 18

The Role of the Club Welfare Officer

Your two key responsibilities are:

1. To be clear about the club's responsibilities when running activities for children and young people. This involves:
• Ensuring these responsibilities are well understood by others
• Working with the Youth League Welfare Officer (YLWO)
• Working with your County Welfare Officer
• Promoting The FA's Respect programme and helping to develop best practice
2. To help club members 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:

1. Put in place...
• A safeguarding children policy and anti-bullying policy
• Responsible recruitment getting the right people involved
• The Respect Codes 

2. Understand...
• 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
• 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 

3. Communicate with...
• Club officials
• Parents / Spectators and get them to sign up to the Respect codes
• 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 County Welfare Officer if you need help or advice 

4. Encourage...
• 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 designated spectator areas at all games 

5. Monitor...
• Repeated incidents of poor behaviour and liaise with your committee (and where necessary YLWO or County Welfare Officer)
• Compliance with Enhanced CRB checks through The FA CRB Unit for those who require one.
Building a Support Network
• CWO - Every youth club must have a Club Welfare Officer
• YLWO - Every youth league must have a Youth League Welfare Officer
• CFAWO - Every County FA also has a County Welfare Officer CFAWO (contact details below)
• Case Management - The FA have a Safeguarding Team
• RDO - Every County FA has a Referee Development Officer who will work with the FACWO
• NSPCC Helpline - A free, 24 hour service which provides advice to anyone worried about a child
• 0808 800 5000 alternatively you can text 88858

Remember:
It is not our responsibility to decide if abuse has taken place but if we have concerns it is our responsibility to act and report those concerns.

If you have any safeguarding queries please contact the North Riding County FA Welfare Officer:
Jennie Bennett
T: 01642 717778
M: 07702 736701
E: jennifer.bennett@northridingfa.com

 
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