As you know RESPECT is The Football Association's direct response to a clear message from the grassroots game. We must improve standards of behaviour - on and off the field. Parental behaviour is one of the main reasons why young players drop out of the game. Poor behaviour by coaches, parents and players towards referees means that thousands of officials are dropping out each season.
RESPECT is aimed at helping us all to work together to change the negative attitudes and unacceptable behaviour on the sidelines and on the pitch. It's a long-term commitment. As a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) you have the chance to make a significant contribution to creating positive change.
The role of the CWO is key to ensuring that Respect is understood, taken on board by the committee, coaches/managers members and supporters.
In order to assist you with this role we have provided information on:
- The role of the CWO
- Help and support for you
- Making sure everyone knows who you are
- Safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility
- Training requirements for this role
- Welfare Officer FAQ's
RESPECT outlines for everyone from league official to player to parent to club official to coach and referee that a certain standard of organisation and behaviour is expected in football. RESPECT is all about creating a fun, safe environment and its core principles work in tandem with Safeguarding Children.
Online Safeguarding Service
Improved online service now available for welfare officers
The service is accessed through your Local County FA website and includes the following new tools:
- Receive updates from the Equality & Children Protection (ECP) department via the Safeguarding page
- View the CRC (Criminal Record Check) and SCW Certificate via the Club Status screen
- Filter records by CRC Status (Accepted, In Progress or Not Started)
- Remove individuals who are no longer involved with the club
- Add Individuals missing from the club records
- Print the Safeguarding records of individuals at the club
- View the Safeguarding profile of an individual by clicking on an individual’s FAN via the Club Status page.
- This includes their CRC, SCW and WOW records along with the contact details we have on record.
The service is available to all volunteer Club and Youth League Welfare Officers only.
We hope that you find the new tools beneficially in your important role within affiliated football. Please help us to help you keep your records up to date by removing individuals no longer at your club.
To get started download the Online Safeguarding Service resource document below and then contact your Local County FA