DSO vacancy

Vacancy - Designated Safeguarding Officer

Join our amazing team at the GFA!

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the team at the Gloucestershire Football Association. The GFA is looking for a new Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) to manage the Association’s vital safeguarding work.

The closing date for this role is midday on Wednesday, 8th May. Interviews will take place at Oaklands Park (BS32 4AG) on Wednesday, 15th May.

Working Location: Oaklands Park, Almondsbury, Bristol BS32 4AG and home based.
Salary: Circa £30,000 pa, subject to experience
Hours per week: 37.5

Click here to download the job advert for this role. 

What we are looking for

  • We are looking for a person with significant safeguarding experience and a passion for grassroots football to join our team. They will manage the Association’s safeguarding work in accordance with FA safeguarding policy, procedures, regulations, and standards.
  • This role would suit someone with relevant experience in child protection, safeguarding, or social work. They may have a qualification or experience from a wider safeguarding role or aligned profession. E.g., a role with safeguarding responsibilities such as a teacher, the police, the probation service, social services or as a council officer.
  • The successful candidate will play a significant role in maintaining The FA Safeguarding 365 Standard for County FAs, driving safer practices, and supporting League and Club Welfare Officers in grassroots football.
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate a child-centred approach with the ability to maintain this perspective and apply common sense. They will have outstanding team working skills and be clear about what constitutes low level concerns, abuse and how to manage and escalate cases effectively.

What we can offer

We provide a friendly and inclusive team-based environment where you can develop and excel in your role whilst earning a competitive salary, enjoying a range of exciting benefits including:

  • Access to high-quality FA training, networking, and personal development opportunities.
  • A flexible work-life balance, working in an environment where you’ll learn about all aspects of grassroots football.
  • 28 days’ Annual Leave including Bank Holidays. Contributory pension. Life insurance
  • Access to FA event tickets such as England football matches and The FA Cup Final.
  • Nike corporate clothing


For more information including a complete list of this role's responsibilities, please click here to download the job description and person specification.


Applicants should complete both the Application Form and Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form no later than midday, 8th May 2024.

Applications are encouraged via the online forms available below.

Application form (online)

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form (online)

Alternatively, you can click below to download the forms and complete them. These should be returned via email to Recruitment@GloucestershireFA.com prior to the deadline.

Application form (offline)

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form (offline)



If you have any questions about the role or the selection process, please contact either Head of Strategy & Delivery, Matt Boucher or CEO & Senior Safeguarding Lead, David Neale, on 01454 615888 for an informal discussion.