Safeguarding in Gloucestershire
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.
online safeguarding recertification course
This FREE online course is available to anyone who has previously completed it before or The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop and needs to renew their safeguarding children training.
It offers latest guidance on safer practice with under 18s, safer use of social media, safeguarding disabled children, listening to children, recognising and responding to poor practice and abuse and how and when to report safeguarding concerns.
If you're an FA licensed coach or a coach in a Charter Standard youth team, you must update your safeguarding training every three years. All coaches and managers and others working with under 18s are strongly recommended to re-certificate. Referees will be expected to have in-date certificate to register for the 2020/21 season.
Obtaining a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)
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
Become a club welfare officer
All leagues and clubs with youth teams must have a named Welfare Officer, who has an 'accepted' FA Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) 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 to complete both the FA’s Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officer Workshops, as well as completing an Enhanced FA Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS Check).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 Chantelle Thompson via Support@GloucestershireFA.com.