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Safeguarding Children

"Every child or young person under the age of 18, who plays or participates in football should be able to do so in an enjoyable and safe environment,protected from abuse."

League Welfare Officer Jim Bertrand Tel: 07886643000 Email:

DBS is mandatory!

The CRB has been renamed to a DBS check and all coaches / managers who have regular contact with children will need to ensure they have a valid FA DBS check. Volunteers within your club who have regular contact with children should also have a DBS check.

Online Safeguarding Service

The Online Safeguarding Service provides you with a list of coaches attached to your club and the status of their FA DBS checks. It also allows the club welfare officer to add and remove members.

To access this report you must be a fully qualified Welfare Officer with an Accepted FA DBS check, have attended a Safeguarding Children Course and a Welfare Officers Workshop. Qualified Club Welfare Officers are encouraged to use the FA CRB Online Application Process.

The cost of a DBS check is £10 and your Welfare Officer will be able to send you a link to complete this.

Safeguarding Children - New Recertification process

From March 2012 anyone who has completed the 3 hour Safeguarding Children Workshop and / or the paper recertification can take the Online Safeguarding Children Recertification Course. This includes those who have an expired Safeguarding Children Workshop Certificate or paper recertification.

The content of the Online Recertification extends revision and learning beyond the paper recertification content and brings participants up to date with current practice, including Respect and Social Media.

The course enables Coaches in FA Charter Standard Clubs to maintain their Safeguarding training as required in health checks. It also allows Coaches to update their Safeguarding training record and join the Licensed Coaches Club.

The online recertification is free of charge and is accessed through Delegates can complete the course at any computer that has access to the internet and can dip in and out of the modules whenever their commitments allow. Once completed you can print off a certificate if you wish.

The FA Anti-Bullying Policy

Remember it's not just about having a paper policy in place. It's about making sure everyone in your club knows that bullying won't be tolerated and that they know what to do if bullying should occur. If you have a club website, please link to The FA's anti bullying policy.

Make sure your coaches and team managers know what to do if they observe any bullying at the club. Let your players and their parents/carers know the club won't tolerate bullying and what to do should this happen.

If you haven't already done so, sign up to The FA's Respect programme which promotes positive behaviour by all participants, parents and spectators. The link is below.

Safeguarding Workshops and Welfare Officer Workshops

For our next workshop please contact Cornwall FA on 01208 269010.

Safeguarding Children and CRB Enquiries

If you have any safeguarding concerns, in the first instance please contact your club Welfare Officer. You can also contact the CCFA Designated Safeguarding Officer Claire Summers-Evans on 01208 262989 or email

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