Club Welfare Officers

How To Become A Club Welfare Officer

A Club Welfare Officer (CWO) is a mandatory role in any FA affiliated club with Youth teams.  All people who work with U18s require some safeguarding standards as set out by the FA. To become a club welfare officer you will need to have an in-date enhanced FA DBS certificate and complete the required training courses; Safeguarding Children Course, Club Welfare Officer Workshop and Safeguarding for Committee Members.

Designated Safeguarding Officer Network

Football is proud to have a network of Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSO) across football – all supporting safe and fun environments for everyone.


So, you’ve completed the required safeguarding courses and obtained your an in-date enhanced FA DBS certificate and are now a fully qualified Club Welfare Officer (CWO).  But what will you have to do? What is a normal day to day Club Welfare Officer role?

The position of CWO is mandatory for any club with U18 teams and is becoming mandatory for adult teams who have 16 and 17 year old's registered with them.  As CWO you are a committee member along with the Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, and possibly others, and you all have voting rights on club decisions. 

As a CWO you will also need to become a verifier for DBS – you can do that by getting in touch with the County FA’s Designated Safeguarding Officer who will confirm to FA Checks that you are the appropriate person to be a verifier in that club.  FA Checks will send you a log in and an information email which tells you how to verify DBS documents.