Safeguarding Updates

Vacancy - Designated Safeguarding Officer

Join the team at North Riding FA.

Job Title: Designated Safeguarding Officer

Location: North Riding FA, Stokesley, TS9 5NY.

Salary: £26-28,000 per annum

Hours per week: 40 hours per week

Closing Date: Friday 1st July

Vacancy Type: Full-time

Our Organisation

At North Riding FA we are responsible for overseeing, promoting and developing local grassroots football and supporting The FA in delivering their Grassroots Football Strategy. The shared values, vision and pride of our workforce is central to our success. We are a team of highly skilled, passionate and hardworking individuals who are committed to improving the future of grassroots football in Teesside and North Yorkshire. We understand that diversity promotes innovation, and therefore we look for people who are great at what they do, no matter their background. 

You can find out more about North Riding FA and the work we do on our website at


North Riding FA is committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk. Due to the nature of this role, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through The FA DBS process. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according the nature of the role and the information provided.

The Role

North Riding FA is looking for an enthusiastic safeguarding professional with a passion for grassroots football to join the team. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing all matters relating to safeguarding children, adults at risk and poor practice.

Key Accountabilities

Operationally lead the implementation and delivery of safeguarding within North Riding, being accountable for relevant areas of The FA’s Safeguarding Operating Standard for County FAs.
Track and ensure ongoing compliance with The FA’s Safeguarding Operating Standard for County FAs measures, policies and procedures.   
Take a dynamic and strategic approach to safeguarding delivery within North Riding, raising awareness and providing organisational support and direction to colleagues.
Work with The FA Safeguarding Case Management Team (FA SCMT) to refer child abuse and adults at risk concerns to The FA, acting in line with the relevant FA safeguarding policy, regulations and guidance.
Manage all safeguarding poor practice concerns and complaints referred to the Association, with a focus on timeliness and outcomes and line with FA policy, regulations and guidance.  
Provide training, support and guidance to clubs and leagues on how to manage safeguarding complaints and concerns effectively, with a focus on timeliness and outcomes and in line with FA policy, regulations and guidance. 

What we are looking for

A child-centred approach and the ability to maintain this perspective and apply common sense.
Clarity about what constitutes poor practice and abuse and how to manage cases effectively. 
Ability to deal constructively with people’s emotions (e.g. upset, distress, conflict, animosity).
Capacity to handle confidential data/information sensitively.
Ability to promote safer practice and the importance of safe and fun football environments.

What we can offer

A great start to your career in football with the local governing body of the grassroots game here in the heart of the County. 
Opportunities to progress your career across the County FA Network throughout England and at The FA.
Access to high-quality training, networking and personal development opportunities.
A varied and exciting working life, where you’ll learn about all aspects of grassroots football.
25 days holiday entitlement + company pension scheme.

Equality and Diversity

North Riding FA promotes inclusion and diversity and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any requirements in relation to the recruitment or interview process, please include details on the application form.

About the application and selection process

Complete the Application Form and Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form and return no later than 5pm on Friday 1st July.
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by Wednesday 6th July to arrange a mutually convenient interview time.
Interviews will be held on Monday 18th July.
If required, second interviews may be held in order to determine the most suitable candidate for the role. 

Application Documents

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form


If you have any questions about the role, please contact Steven Wade, Chief Executive at to arrange an informal discussion.