Welfare Officers

Guidance for Welfare Officers

RESPECT is The Football Association's direct response to a clear message from the grassroots game. We must improve standards of behaviour - on and off the field. Parental behaviour is one of the main reasons why young players drop out of the game. Poor behaviour by coaches, parents and players towards referees means that thousands of officials are dropping out each season. RESPECT is aimed at helping us all to work together to change the negative attitudes and unacceptable behaviour on the side lines and on the pitch. It's a long-term commitment.

With this in mind, the Club and League Welfare Officer roles were introduced for all youth clubs to ensure that there is a designated person within each particular club who has responsibility for dealing with poor practice issues. The Welfare Officer will work closely with their Club Committee Members and individuals to help seek to resolve any issues that players, parents or coaches may have within the club.  Sometimes however the Welfare Officer may need to seek advice from the Designated Safeguarding Officer of Cornwall FA.

As part of the Affiliation process, it is a mandatory requirement for the designated Welfare Officers to have three essential criteria in place. If the they do not have all the requirements, then clubs could have their affiliation suspended. However, the Designated Welfare Officer will work with Clubs / Leagues to ensure, as far as possible, that this does not happen. The requirements are as follows:

•A valid Enhanced FA CRC (criminal record check to be renewed every 3 years)

•Completion of the FA Safeguarding Children Workshop (to be renewed online after 3 years)

•Completion of the FA Welfare Officer Workshop


In this section you will find downloads which are particularly relevant to the Welfare Office role. However, if you do need any further assistance, please follow the link below or contact Claire Summers-Evans the Designated Safeguarding Officer.


Link to The FA’s Safeguarding section


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