All leagues and clubs with youth teams MUST have a named Welfare Officer, who has an ‘accepted’ DBS check via THE FA CRB Unit and who has completed The FA Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officer Workshop.
At Higham we take the welfare of our players very seriously and are honoured to have such an active and passionate Welfare Officer at the club. Shelly Owens has helped to re-shape how we control our safeguarding and league requirements and can often be found around the club keeping coaches in check and being on hand for parental/player concerns.
To help you understand the work that is involved with this vital role, Shelly has put together the following job specification. Shelly is very welcoming and encourages anybody to contact her directly if you have any questions or concerns you need to raise.
The role of our Club Welfare Officer
Putting into place:
- a safeguarding children policy, anti-bullying policy and equality policy in accordance to the Northamptonshire Football Association
- responsible recruitment processes including the taking up of references and submitting FA DBS checks (getting the right people into the game)
- The FA Respect Programme codes of conduct
To help all concerned to understand:
- what the Respect Programme aims to do
- the benefits of implementing the Respect codes
- why certain roles require an FA DBS check and how The FA DBS process works
- how to refer a concern about the welfare of a child
- coaches and managers about the importance of being consistent role models for their players
- coaches 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 the Respect Programme.
- parents/carers of children to be aware of their Code of Conduct within the club .
- repeated incidents of poor behaviour and liaise with your committee (and where necessary Youth League Welfare Officer or County FA Welfare Officer)
- compliance with FA DBS checks through The FA DBS Unit for those who require one using The FA Safeguarding Online System.