Individuals involved in youth and girl’s football should complete an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure via The FA CRB Unit.
An Enhanced CRB Disclosure is a tool to establish an individual’s suitability to hold a role with children. The FA CRB Unit manages the disclosure process throughout affiliated football and ensures that it complies with Government legislation.
Anyone who has the following role with children or vulnerable adults in football should complete an FA Enhanced CRB Disclosure:
- Caring/training/supervising/sole charge/counselling and advising.
- Individuals who are in decision-making roles regarding the welfare of children in football should also complete an FA Enhanced CRB Disclosure.
Please refer to The FA CRB Unit who will be able to advise you further on who is eligible to complete a FA Enhanced CRB Disclosure within your Club.
Further information on the CRB process can be found at here or by calling The FA CRB Unit on 0845 210 8080.
In order to start the process, you will need to obtain an application form via The FA CRB Unit, your Club Welfare Officer, or the Dorset FA Offices. Please refer to The FA’s website here should you have any questions or require information on current fees in respect of Enhanced CRB Disclosures.
It is considered to be best practice for an individual to complete an Enhanced CRB Disclosure every three years. However, this has not been made mandatory by The FA. It is most important to ensure that the individuals who have not completed an Enhanced CRB Disclosure at all go through the process first.
Dorset County FA will be working with affiliated Clubs to ensure that the appropriate individuals are checked. We aim to raise the standards in football in order that children may participate in a fun and safe environment.
Unfortunately, it is not possible for The FA to accept an Enhanced CRB Disclosure that has been completed by another organisation. The FA only accepts Disclosures completed by The FA CRB Unit as information is not portable between organisations.
Please remember that an Enhanced CRB Disclosure is just one area of safeguarding. Your Club should have a Club Welfare Officer in place who oversees safeguarding practices and a Club Safeguarding Children Policy. The following FA website can assist you in this matter and can be found here.
For further enquiries, please contact Lou Butcher, County Welfare Officer on 07903 574700.