Safeguarding requirements for affiliation

Modified on Thu, 29 Jun 2023 at 09:34 AM

All Clubs

Required: Safeguarding Declaration – Every club will be required to accept a Safeguarding Declaration. Where clubs have teams that play across different levels of the game, multiple declarations will need to be accepted.

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Clubs With Adult Teams

Required: Welfare Officer - Clubs with adult teams require a named ‘Welfare Officer (Adult Teams)’. For the 2023/2024 season, no qualifications are required for this role though we recommend completing the Safeguarding for All course.


Clubs With Youth Teams

Required: Named Manager or Coach – Every youth team must name all managers and coaches assigned to each team. This can be completed ahead of affiliation opening in your ‘Officials’ tab. NEW - All managers and coaches require an in-date, accepted DBS & to have completed the Safeguarding Children Course.


Clubs With Adult Disability Teams

Required: Welfare Officer - Clubs with adult disability teams require a named ‘Welfare Officer (Adult Disability Teams)’. The free Safeguarding Adults Course will be required for this role.


Links to FA online safeguarding courses:


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