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Dorset FA Safeguarding Support

Supporting clubs IN DORSET with their Safeguarding NEEDS

The Dorset FA offers a range of safeguarding services and training to help create a safe and enjoyable football experience for everyone. We ensure safeguarding requirements are met as a requirement of club affiliation and we support clubs to maintain these standards. This includes making unannounced safeguarding visits to clubs.

See below for details of the current safeguarding support services we offer.

Get In Touch

Safeguarding Contacts:

Kevin Pike (Senior Safeguarding Lead)

By Phone: 01202 688270

By Mobile: 07903 574657

Zoe Pollard (Designated Safequarding Officer)

By Phone: 01202 688281

By Mobile: 07908 647054

(8.30am - 4.30pm Monday - Friday)

By Email: safeguarding@dorsetfa.com

SUPPORT FOR WELFARE OFFICERS


As you know RESPECT is The FA's direct response to a clear message from the grassroots game. We must improve standards of behaviour - on and off the field.

Parental behaviour is one of the main reasons why young players drop out of the game. Poor behaviour by coaches, parents and players has also seen a number of officials drop out each season

The role of the Club Welfare Officer (CWO) is to deal with poor practice cases within their club, give advice and guidance as well as being the lead on CRC’s within the club. CWOs should always report more serious welfare case to the FA via the County Welfare Officer.


HOW TO BECOME A CLUB WELFARE OFFICER

 

Obtaining a Criminal Record Check (CRC)

Coaches working within an affiliated youth football club must complete their Criminal Records Check (CRC) with their club. This can be carried out via the Club Welfare Officer. 

To do this you will need to complete an online application via a link provided by the County FA - You can find the link in the Guidance Documents below.

County Applicant Guidance

If you require your Criminal Records Check to be verified then a list of verifiers is visible within the application form. The cost for this method is £10. 

Please note: Anyone receiving a wage from football must pay the additional government charge of £44.

When attending a verification meeting please ensure that you bring along all of the correct documents which are detailed on the guidance notes provided at the time of application.

Concerns within your club


If you are concerned about your child or another child in your club, you would normally contact your Club Welfare Officer (CWO) in the first instance. You should be given the contact details of the CWO at the start of the season. If you do not know who your CWO is, speak to a coach in your club and ask for their details. The CWO will normally deal with cases of poor practice and behaviour within your club.

For concerns of a serious nature or for advice and guidance please contact the Dorset FA Safeguarding Team or email safeguarding@dorsetfa.com

 

yOUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

sAFEGUARDING AND wELFARE FAQ'S

As you know RESPECT is The FA's direct response to a clear message from the grassroots game. We must improve standards of behaviour - on and off the field.

Parental behaviour is one of the main reasons why young players drop out of the game. Poor behaviour by coaches, parents and players has also seen a number of officials drop out each season.

A Club Welfare Officer deals with poor practice cases within their club, gives advice and guidance to club members and ensures everyone is playing their part in keeping the game safe and inclusive. CWOs should always report more serious welfare cases to the FA via the County Welfare Officer.

 

More information for Welfare Officers

 

 

If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of a child or young person or the behaviour of an adult towards a child or young person in football, please make sure you report it as soon as possible. Referring a concern can be done via your Club, League or County Welfare Officer.

For further information regarding reporting a concern click HERE.

Once you are listed as a Club Welfare Officer on Whole Game System, contact fachecks@thefa.com with your FAN and Club Affiliation Number.

For guidance on how to verify documents for a CRC please watch the following video HERE

The online system shows the completion of the DBS process. Once that process is completed The FA makes its decision based on the content. There can be a few weeks delay between completion of the DBS process and it showing as accepted on Whole Game System. 

If you are a Club Welfare Officer you are able to complete your verification with County FA staff.  Please follow the guidance document below.

County Applicant Guidance

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