The FA

Welfare Officers Workshop

The FA  Welfare Officers Workshop

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 18

Course Duration: 3 hours

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About The Course

Awarded by The FA, this course is designed to explore the role of a grassroots football club Welfare Officer.

This three-hour workshop is mandatory for anyone taking on the role of Welfare Officer for their grassroots club or league. Building on the Safeguarding Children Workshop, it focuses on the specifics of the role, what is required, and the key tools needed to carry out the role. It also explains where to go for professional support and guidance, and how to access more information if needed. This workshop is interactive and learners should anticipate being involved in a number of group activities.

- Workshop outcomes
- Learning agreement

- Identifying the qualities of a Welfare Officer

- Recognising personal skill sets

- Exploring and identifying the key Welfare Officer responsibilities

Identifying and exploring what needs to be in place for clubs and leagues to demonstrate best practice in relation to safeguarding children

Identifying resources to assist clubs and leagues to develop a safe and aware environment including social media guidance

Listening to children

- Recognising that key safeguarding legislation impacts on football

- Understanding the background to the development of The FA’s Policy and Procedures

- Exploring the key roles and responsibilities of the statutory agencies

- Clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the Welfare Officer and other designated persons within football

- Discussing the need for safeguarding recruitment procedures

- Explaining when appropriate safeguarding checks [CRC] are required

- Describing The FA’s Online Safeguarding Service

- Dealing with a disclosure

- Dealing with a concern about the welfare of a young person

- Exploring poor practice issues that clubs need to manage internally

- Identifying the organisations that can support Welfare Officers

- Making an individual action plan

 

Course Pre-requisites

You are required to have completed The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop before applying for this workshop.

It’s also mandatory for anyone taking on the role of Welfare Officer to have an accepted FA Criminal Record Check – so learners are advised to have, as a minimum, submitted their CRC application prior to attending this training.

Outcomes

At the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify what needs to be in place for clubs/leagues to safeguard and protect children effectively
  • Describe their roles and responsibilities and those of other designated persons in grassroots football
  • Act on reported concerns about poor practice and abuse within or outside football
  • Begin an action plan for their club/league

Course availability near you

This course is organised and run by your local County FA, with dates set up throughout the season for you to choose from. 
 
To find available dates closest to you, please select a County FA from the list below.

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