Safeguarding for Clubs and Leagues
SAFEGUARDING IS EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY
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The DBS Process & Guidance and Safeguarding Training Requirements for your Volunteers
YOUTH FOOTBALL MANAGERS, COACHES & TEAM OFFICIALS
Anyone working in an eligible role, directly working with children and young people – such as managers and coaches or team officials must have an in-date, FA Accepted, DBS Check and complete safeguarding training here (renewable every two-to-three years), as part of responsible recruitment practice before they work or volunteer within football.
Please speak to your Club Welfare Officer (CWO) to begin the process of your DBS application. You can also view the step-by-step guidance document detailing how to complete your DBS at the bottom of the page.
OPEN AGE FOOTBALL MANAGERS, COACHES & TEAM OFFICIALS
If you are involved in an open age team that has 16/17-year-old players, you must have an in-date, FA Accepted, DBS Check and complete Safeguarding For All course found here.
Please contact our Safeguarding Team or league for more information
ADULT DISABILITY FOOTBALL MANAGERS, COACHES & TEAM OFFICIALS
If you are involved with Adult Disability Teams you must undertake The FA’s free Safeguarding Adults course found here. Also, we encourage all open-age adult clubs with disability teams to appoint a CWO (Adult Disability Teams) and use the Safeguarding Adults Toolkit that can be found here.
CLUB WELFARE OFFICERS
If you are a Club Welfare Officer who needs to renew your DBS, you should add yourself to the club as a ‘DBS Applicant’ and begin the process through Whole Game System (WGS) in the same way your other club applicants do; however, please use a different email address to complete your application to the one you use to verify club documents.
Alternatively, you can complete the DBS LCFA County Applicant Guidance (download at the bottom of the page) and visit LCFA offices at Walton Hall Park between 9:30am and 4pm Monday to Friday to get you documents verified.
For further advice or support, please contact Safeguarding@Liverpoolfa.com
If you are a Club Welfare Officer and need support on adding your GBG PIN to Whole Game System, initiating a DBS through the WGS, or supporting an applicant (team official) to complete a DBS Initiation please click here.
Alternatively, click here and search safeguarding, for all your digital technology needs.If you need additional DBS Club Verifiers, please complete the Club Registration form at the bottom of the page and send to FAChecks@TheFA.com
We would encourage all CWOs to keep their contact details up to date and look out for communication from LCFA on Welfare Officer Support events and Safeguarding eNewsletters.
FOR YOUTH FOOTBALL
Whatever the age of the children and type of activity, a minimum of two FA-DBS checked coaches/adults must always be present. This ensures at least basic cover in the event of an incident. Please reinforce this with your Youth Leagues.
OPEN AGE FOOTBALL WITH 16/17-YEAR-OLDS ARE PLAYING
Open age Clubs where 16/17-year-olds are playing since the start of 2021/22 must deliver on several safeguarding responsibilities (see above). However, leagues are encouraged to reinforce this message by appointing a League Safeguarding Advocate (LSA) or a League Welfare Officer (LWO), and ensure Safeguarding is a standing agenda item at AGM/Committee meetings, and that they are aware of the number of Clubs in their league who have registered 16/17-year-old players.
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer
Telephone: 0151 523 4488 (Ext 105)
Senior Safeguarding Lead/Interim CEO
Telephone: 0151 523 4488 (Ext 129) & 07717862893
Deputy Senior Safeguarding Lead
Telephone: 0151 523 4488 (Ext 110) & 07717862892
We would recommend Club and League Welfare Officers add the below FA directory to their Favourites.
Codes of Conduct
You can find the FA Respect Codes of Conduct for all stakeholders in grassroots football on their website.
FA Respect Codes of Conduct