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.
Here are details of the current safeguarding support services we offer:
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.
Check out our courses:
Welfare Officers Course
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 behaviour 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
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