Welfare and CRBs

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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.

Safeguarding Children 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.

Football, like any activity with children and young people, can and does attract people who wish to abuse their power over children.  Sometimes this is sexual, and sometimes it is physical or emotional, and may include bullying or racial abuse.

Some people will have been coaches, trained, or brought up to think that shouting, and even hitting children is acceptable in football.

The FA Safeguarding Children in Football Workshop confirms that bullying and abuse in any form is unacceptable, and we all have a legal and moral responsibility to be aware of, and look out for children in our care.

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)

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

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 in football, as part of your normal Club or County duties, you need to have an FA Enhanced CRB check.

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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 www.TheFA.com

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Cumberland County FA is pleased to announce that The FA has launched an online CRB application.

For help support or further guidance on Welfare please contact:

Gill Shields, County FA Welfare Officer
Tel: 07786 363035
E-mail: Gill.Shields@CumberlandFA.com

The FA CRB Unit
Tel: 0845 210 8080
E-mail: FAChecks@TheFA.com