Youth Football

Gloucestershire FA Safeguarding 

Creating a safe and enjoyable football experience for all 

The Gloucestershire FA offers a range of safeguarding services and training to help create a safe and enjoyable football experience for everyone. We ensure safeguarding requirements are met as a requirement of club affiliation and we support clubs to maintain these standards. This includes making unannounced safeguarding visits to clubs.


Forthcoming Safeguarding Courses And Workshops

We offer a range of safeguarding services and training to help create a safe and enjoyable football experience for everyone. We ensure safeguarding requirements are met as a requirement of club affiliation and we support clubs to maintain these standards. This includes making unannounced safeguarding visits to clubs.


Obtaining a Criminal records check (CRC)

If you are a coach, then speak to your Club Welfare Officer, they should be able to provide you with a link that will enable you to complete your check online and then it’s a case of meeting up so that they can verify your documents as your proof of identity.

If you are a Referee, then contact our Referee Development Officer Roger Vaughan at Support@GloucestershireFA.com and he will provide you with the login details you need as well as the best way to get your check verified.

Follow this FA guide if you are unsure about anything or Contact us at the GFA

how we handle reported concerns 

This is done on a case by case basis, depending on the circumstances of each individual case.

If it is relating to a disclosure or an allegation of any kind of abuse, the Gloucestershire Football Association works closely with The Football Association’s Case Management Team, helping to safeguard football by working closely with local statutory agencies as well as supporting our Clubs in enforcing suspensions when they are issued.

When relating to cases of poor practice (unacceptable behavior either on or beside the field of play) we first go through The FA’s nationally agreed Disciplinary Procedures, once this is completed then it is within our remit to impose additional constraints or requirements on Clubs, Teams, Officials, Parents/Carers and Players.

 

FA Guide for reporting concerns

 

Become a club welfare officer 

All leagues and clubs with youth teams must have a named Welfare Officer, who has an 'accepted' FA Criminal Record Check (CRC) via The FA Disclosure Unit and who has completed The FA Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officer Workshop.

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.

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.

The role of the CWO is key to ensuring that Respect is understood and taken on board by the committee, coaches/managers members and supporters. 

In order to assist you with this role we have provided some useful information in the 'Documents' section below on: 

•The role of the CWO
•Help and support for you 
•Making sure everyone knows who you are  
•Training requirements for this role

Support for Welfare Officers

Candidates are nominated by their League or Club and have a complete both the FA’s Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officer Workshops, as well as completing an Enhanced FA Criminal Records Check (DBS Check).

Once in place, both League and Club Welfare Officers can get support and guidance with whatever issue they are presented with by contacting Hugh Feltham via Support@GloucestershireFA.com . This will be offered in a number of ways, by email, phone or in person, The Gloucestershire Football Association aims to be as flexible as possible when supporting our volunteers.

Each Youth League Welfare Officer are invited to a regular information sharing evening which we aim to put on every quarter, where issues are raised, addressed and good practice shared. We are also currently developing a training evening for qualified CWOs using various locations throughout the county, each CWO will be invited to this direct via email once we have finished the training, in conjunction with one of our CWOs who is also a member of Avon and Somerset Police Public Protection Unit.

 

Sharing Good Practice

 

If you feel your Club is running an initiative that the rest of the County needs to hear about or you want to shout about what your Club is doing well, then please contact Hugh Feltham via Support@GloucestershireFA.com

Get In Touch

Hugh Feltham 

Designated Safeguarding Officer

Phone: 01454 615888 (Option 4)

Email: Support@GloucestershireFA.com

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