Become a Welfare Officer

Are you part of a grassroots club or league? It is a mandatory requirement that all leagues and clubs with youth teams must have a named Welfare Officer.

Thinking of becoming a Welfare Officer?

 As you know RESPECT is The Football Association'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 towards referees means that thousands of officials are dropping out each season.

RESPECT is aimed at helping us all to work together to change the negative attitudes and unacceptable behaviour on the sidelines and on the pitch. It's a long-term commitment. As a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) you have the chance to make a significant contribution to creating positive change.

The role of the CWO is key to ensuring that Respect is understood, taken on board by the committee, coaches/managers members and supporters.

In order to assist you with this role we have provided information on:

  • The role of the CWO
  • Help and support for you
  • Making sure everyone knows who you are
  • Safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility
  • Training requirements for this role
  • Welfare Officer FAQ's 

RESPECT outlines for everyone from league official to player to parent to club official to coach and referee that a certain standard of organisation and behaviour is expected in football.   RESPECT is all about creating a fun, safe environment and its core principles work in tandem with Safeguarding Children. 

How to become a Club Welfare Officer

To become a Club Welfare Officer, candidates must go on 'The FA Welfare Workshop', which is a 3 hour course. This workshop builds on the Safeguarding Children workshop providing welfare officers with the specifics of their role, what will be required of them, and where they can go for professional support and guidance. This interactive workshop will provide you with the key tools to carry out the role of a Welfare Officer within you grassroots club or league.

All leagues and clubs with youth teams must have a named Welfare Officer, who has an 'accepted' FA Criminal Records Check (CRC) via The FA Disclosure Unit and who has completed The FA Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officer Workshop.

To register your interest in attending a course please contact Rosie Eggleston (Safeguarding Lead) on 01202 688273, alternatively email


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