Safeguarding and Welfare

Safeguarding remains high on The FA's agenda. The goal being 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.

Safeguarding is about doing things the right way, doing things properly. It's about allowing children to enjoy the game without abuse of any kind. That means bullying, physical, emotional or sexual abuse and neglect.

The FA believes 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.

Should you have any queries or concerns regarding safeguarding issues please contact Gill Shields, County Welfare Officer on 01900 872310 or email  

A Welfare Officer Information Pack is now available - please download the information by clicking on the document at the bottom of the page.

Educational Courses

FA Safeguarding Children Workshop
The Football Association recognises that every child and young person who plays football should be able to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse of any kind.
The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop is a three-hour workshop designed to share correct practice and offer you the opportunity to implement policies and procedures that will benefit every member of your Club.

FA Welfare Officer Workshop (WOW)
FA Welfare Officer Training is a mandatory course for all Welfare Officer’s. Eligibility criteria to attend a WOW require applicants to have completed a Safeguarding Children course and have a valid FA CRB disclosure.

Each youth league and club must have at least one fully certificated Welfare Officer in place as this is a mandatory requirement of the affiliation process within youth football. Many leagues and clubs have more than one welfare officer in post to share the role and responsibility.

The course is designed to explore the role of the welfare officer and to identify the support networks for designated persons in football. It will assist welfare officers to recognise the best practice that is already in place to safeguard youth leagues and youth teams and identify any areas that need to be addressed to provide fun, safe, positive football environments. The course will support welfare officers to take ownership and develop confidence in dealing with poor practice issues, provide information on key child protection legislation and the statutory agencies and provide clarity on reporting concerns about child abuse. The course supports The FA's strategic goals to raise standards across the game and demonstrates our capacity to be trusted to lead.

This is a workshop designed to answer questions such as:
 What responsibilities do welfare officers have to safeguard children?
 What responsibilities do clubs and leagues have to safeguard children?
 How does a Welfare Officer ensure the club is following best practice?
 What should a Welfare Officer do when concerns are reported about poor practice, bullying and or abuse within or outside a football setting?
 What is CRB and who should not have a check done?
The workshop is interactive and informal; tutors draw on participant's experiences and knowledge as well as developing learning through presentation and small group activities.

CRB Information

What you need to know about Criminal Records Bureau checks.

The Football Association established Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks as a step towards safeguarding children in football.

The information in this section of the Cumberland FA website will help both those applying for an FA Enhanced CRB check and those authorised to verify any application, before it is further processed.
You can find additional information regarding CRB Checks below under ‘Documents' section below. (Information to follow)

All people who are working directly with children and young people in football need to have an FA Enhanced CRB check. This means that if you care for, train, supervise or have sole care of children and young people under the age of 18 years in football, as part of your normal Club, League or County duties you need to have an FA Enhanced CRB check.

The guidance in this website explains how to complete a CRB check and although primarily targeted at Youth League Welfare Officers and Club Welfare Officers it is still useful to anyone interested in finding out about what is involved.

Should your League or Club not have an official verifier to complete CRB applications please contact Gill Shields at Cumberland FA who can advise - 01900 872310 or  

FAQs about CRB Checks
FA CRB Guidance notes and supplementary forms downloads


The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 received Royal Assent on 1st May 2012.Please note, these changes do not come in to effect immediately, the Government anticipates that they will be rolled out from April 2013 onwards.

The FA will communicate exactly what this will mean for clubs, leagues and individuals involved in football in due course. It’s essential that FA CRB checks continue to be rolled out in the usual way as part of a responsible recruitment process across football.

Until we are notified it continues as business as usual with Responsible Recruitment and CRB applications for those involved in youth football who have unsupervised contact with children.

Further details are available at