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.
Below we have created a support documents for Club Welfare Officers and teams with 16/17 year olds playing open-aged (adult) football. You can download both documents below. If you need further support and would like to get in touch with our DSO to discuss how we can help you, please contact Safeguarding@GloucestershireFA.com.
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 an England Football Accredited youth team, you must update your safeguarding training every two 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 upcoming 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
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.