Welfare Officers

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.

It is important that all clubs and leagues understand these requirements because if you don't, you will not be able to affiliate.

New clubs will be given the time and the opportunity to have temporary welfare officers whilst their own club official under goes the necessary training.

Clubs should consider whether the number of Welfare Officers they have is adequate for the number of teams they have. In Leicestershire & Rutland we recommend that Assistant Welfare Officers be appointed for clubs with over 10 teams as per The FA's best practice guidelines.

Ever wondered who can be, and what it takes to be a Child Welfare Officer?

Are you?

  • Child centered
  • Able to listen to the views of children

  • Up for a challenge

  • Bothered by a win at all costs attitude?

  • Willing to learn

  • Enthusiastic

  • Looking to give a little back

  • Fed up with abuse from the sidelines

  • Approachable

  • Reliable

  • Eager to get more involved

  • Over 18

  • Fair

  • Friendly

  • Interested in making a positive difference

  • Committed to working as part of a team

  • Experienced in working with children

  • Realistic and ready to learn

  • 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 (CWO)

  • Promoting The FA's Respect programme and helping to develop best practice processes

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 junior club must have a Club Welfare Officer
  • YLWO - Every junior league must have a Youth League Welfare Officer
  • CFAWO - Every County FA also has a County Welfare Officer
  • Case Management - The FA have a Safeguarding Team
    • RDO - Every County FA has a Referee Development Officer who will work with the CFAWO
  • Contact Hunts FA RDO David.Seaman@HuntsFA.com (David Seaman)
  • NSPCC Helpline - A free, 24 hour service which provides advice to anyone worried about a child 0808 800 5000, alternatively you can text 88858


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.

For more information on becoming a Welfare Officer or about the role, please contact: Mark.Moffett@HuntsFA.com