Safeguarding and Welfare

Safeguarding Children is high on The FA's agenda, and the goal is to have someone at every Club in the Country aware of child protection and best practice, whether it's a Premiership Academy or a Sunday morning park side.

Do you know who your Club Welfare Officer is?
Each club have a Welfare Officer to support the infrastructure from players to coaches to parents.

Why are Club Welfare Officers (CWO's) necessary?
The role 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 County FA Welfare Officer and The FA.

What do CWO's do? 
They promote best practice throughout the Club. They play a key role in dealing with poor practice concerns in line with the Clubs own disciplinary process. More serious concerns are referred by the CWO to the CFA WO. CWO's are also key in the roll-out of CRB checks. These checks ensure that we prevent people known to be a risk to children from getting involved in Under 18s football.

Is there any help or support for CWO's?
Yes. Cumberland FA provides regular support to CWO's through the County Welfare Officers Association.

Welfare Officers Association

Cumberland FA and The FA are keen to give Club Welfare Officers the opportunity to discuss various aspects of the welfare role in the correct environment, such as:

1. Networking opportunities
2. Support from County and peers to enable CWO to be current and active within the football family
3. Discuss topics as requested by CWO’s
4. Training
5. Continued Personal Development

For further details on the Welfare Officers Association, please contact Gill Shields, County Welfare Officer on 07786 363035, or e-mail


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