NFA Safeguarding



 CHAIRPERSON  *BP  tick      tick          
 TREASURER  *BP  tick      tick          
 SECRETARY  *BP  tick      tick          
 MANAGER / COACH inc. assistants  tick  tick  tick  BP    tick  tick      
 CLUB WELFARE OFFICER  tick  tick  tick  tick  tick  BP  BP      
 *REGULAR PARENT HELPER  tick  tick          BP  BP  BP  BP


DBS – Disclosure and Barring Service check - £10 for FA DBS or £32.50 to transfer existing Non-FA DBS ** restrictions apply **
SCC – Safeguarding Children Course - £30 one off fee with Free recertification every two years
SCR – Safeguarding Children Recertification - Free for those previously completed Safeguarding Children Workshop
WOC – Welfare Officer Course – £25 no requirement to recertify
SCM – Safeguarding for Committee Members – Free with continued free recertification every five years
SA – Safeguarding Adults - Free
IFAIF – Introduction to First Aid In Football -– £30 with renewal required every three years
SCA – Sudden Cardiac Arrest - Free
CG – The FA Concussion Guidelines - Free
SFA – Safeguarding for All - Free
PM – The FA Playmaker – Free
SAPC – FA Safeguarding Awareness for parents / carers – Free ** Clubs should promote to ALL parents / carers **
BP – Best Practice

*REGULAR Parent / Helpers – should be added to Whole Game System

*Everyone aged 16 years or over who undertakes any unsupervised roles with children. 
These roles could be managing, training, coaching and supervising, they also include giving REGULAR advice or guidance on well-being, caring for children or driving a vehicle solely for children on behalf of a club or organisation; by children, we mean anyone under 18.

Anyone performing these roles MUST obtain an Enhanced DBS with Children’s Barred List. This Check is made against the Governm
ent’s national list of people barred from working with children (‘Children’s Barred List’). Then the checked person has to be approved to work in youth football.

For a full list of eligible role in football go to:

The cost of an enhanced FA CRC (DBS) check for a volunteer is £10.00
If a volunteer already holds a valid enhanced DBS certificate for ‘child workforce’ purposes, they may be able to port across to the FA their existing DBS which must be registered on the DBS update service. 

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As part of the Level 1 qualification, coaches take a module called ‘How We Support’.

Part of this module is about safeguarding, which is made up of a two-hour workshop, followed by a one-hour online course, which is taken in the learner’s own time.

Once both parts are completed the safeguarding qualification is awarded.


The FA recommends that everyone working with under-18s renews their safeguarding education every three years. FA Licensed Coaches and coaches working in under-18s’ teams in FA Charter Standard clubs are required to do this.

In order to register for each new season, referees must have a valid safeguarding qualification.

Re-certification can be done by completing the free online course which can be taken in the learner’s own time, at their own pace or by re-attending a safeguarding children workshop.

This online course is available to anyone who has an existing Safeguarding Children Workshop (SCW) qualification or re-certification that is more than two years old.

It includes material on:


This workshop is a requirement for everyone volunteering to be a club welfare officer. The course explores the skills, attributes, roles and responsibilities of the welfare officer and the toolkit available to support the role. It focuses on the importance of safe recruitment, building blocks that help make a safer club, addressing concerns, as well as building the welfare officer’s confidence regarding how and when to seek help and advice.

Before enrolling on this course, learners must have completed the Safeguarding Children Workshop or the safeguarding element of the Level 1 for coaches and have an accepted FA DBS check that is less than three years old. To enroll on this course, please follow the link below to your local County FA website:

This free online course is written for Secretaries, Chairpersons, Treasurers and Club Welfare Officers in clubs with under-18 teams.

The course explores the key safeguarding building blocks in clubs such as:

  • Effective committees;
  • Safer recruitment
  • Building safe environments;
  • Recognising and reporting concerns;
  • Whistle-blowing.

The course also stresses how important the committee is in supporting the club welfare officer to embed safeguarding.

Secretaries, Chairpersons, Club Welfare Officers and Treasurers must complete this course to enable clubs with under 18 teams to affiliate.

Please note: even if a person holds more than one role they only need take the course once.

To access this course, download the PDF and follow the guidance below:


Safeguarding Parents and Carers

Safeguarding Awareness for Parents & Carers

This course will give you the tools and information to recognise what should be in place to support your child to have a positive football experience in their club or football setting, as well as how to identify and report any concerns about poor practice or abuse.

 Safeguarding Awareness for Parents & Carers

Get In Touch

Jane Hornby

Designated Safeguarding Officer

By Phone: 0115 983 7400

By Email: