Most people who get involved in football do so for all of the right reasons. However, it is important that football recognises its responsibility to safeguard and protect children and young people who are involved in football.
This responsibility is reinforced by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act, 2006 and the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS).
Responsible recruitment procedures will help to screen out those people who are not suitable to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. To make sure you are getting the right people involved refer to The FA’s Responsible Recruitment guidelines and consider the following:
- The need to clarify what the person would be doing - the role
- What sort of experience and/or qualifications they might need
- Who needs an FA CRB check and how they can get one
- The importance of references.
To help you ensure that everyone who needs to have an FA CRB check has one, club welfare officers can access The FA’s Online Safeguarding Service. This online service allows them to:
- Receive updates from The FA's Equality and Children Protection team (ECP) via the Safeguarding page
- Filter records by CRB Status (Accepted, In Progress or Not Started)
- Remove individuals who are no longer involved with the club
- Print the Safeguarding records of individuals at their club
- Request for missing individuals to be added via the Query Record form
View the Safeguarding profile of an individual by clicking on an individual's FAN via the Club Status page. This includes their CRB, Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officer Workshop records along with the contact details we have on record.
For more information either talk to your CFA Welfare Officer or your youth league welfare officer.
Let’s make football safe – not sorry. Make sure you have a Responsible Recruitment process in your club or league.