Safeguarding and Welfare

The Football Association believes that football should be safe and enjoyable for all children and places their welfare at the forefront of all football practices. The introduction of the Disclosure and Barring Service [DBS]checks help in this process.


Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility and a major priority within the RNFA. Our goal is to promote awareness of safeguarding children and best practice withing all our clubs and our development programmes.

Safeguarding is about doing things properly and allowing children to enjoy the game without abuse of any kind. That means bullying, physical, emotional or sexual abuse and neglect. Football can have a powerful positive influence on children. But that means everyone involved in football must take on the responsibility of looking after those children that want to play the game.

We work closely with the FA to ensure that all the relevant Safeguarding Children policies and practices are adopted by coaches and clubs  when working with children, in order to protect both the child and coach effectively. We want football in RNFA to take place in the safest possible environment.

The FA has a simple three part approach to help everyone;

• Gettting the right people involved - carrying out references and DBS checks (Please see our Disclosure and Barring Service Check page for more details) 
• Creating a safe environment - Codes of conduct, education and best practice
• Promoting clear systems to deal with any concerns, policy and procedures

You can find out where and when Safegaurding  couses are being held by the RNFA by visiting our Courses pages.

Welfare follows on from Safeguarding Children and covers areas such as anti-bullying. The Football Association currently offer training for both Club and League Welfare Officers nominated by their clubs/leagues with youth teams.

Club Welfare Officer (CWO)
The role of THE CWO is essential so that we can support clubs to deal with some of the poor practice issues that arise in football clubs. By having appropriate policies, codes of conduct and sanctions etc, clubs can be proactive in raising standards of behaviour in youth football, as well as passing on important information about more serious concerns, to the CFA CPO and The FA.

For further information regarding roles and responsibilities of a CWO please see the document below.

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