Safeguarding Updates

Local Safeguarding Support

local support and initiatives here in cornwall.

Cornwall FA offers a wide range of safeguarding training and support to our clubs and leagues to help create a safe and enjoyable football experience for everyone. We ensure safeguarding requirements are met before a club can affiliate at the start of the season and we support clubs to maintain these standards. We also make unannounced safeguarding validation visits to youth club training sessions/matches to ensure that any individual working with children has the relevant qualifications and DBS check in place.

Club Welfare Officers

At the beginning of each season, all clubs need to name a Club Welfare Officer (CWO). We recognise that without volunteer CWOs, clubs wouldn't have as many safeguards in place. Although their hard work is not always noticed when things are going well, you can be sure everyone will be asking questions if they go wrong! All CWO’s are DBS checked (CRC), and attend both a safeguarding workshop and Welfare Officer Workshop to give them the skills to identify and raise any concerns affecting young people.  One of the roles of the CWO is to ensure that anyone working with children within the club hold the correct safeguarding qualifications.  The details of your club’s CWO should be available in your club material. As well as a CWOs, the league also has a League Welfare Officer and their details should be on their social media pages and website. 


Anyone actively working with U18 year olds, including coaches and referees are required to have an FA enhanced DBS check.  If you are looking to get involved with a club in Cornwall or you are an existing coach then please contact the Club Welfare Officer who will be able to support you through this process.
If you are Club Welfare Officer looking to renew your existing FA DBS check then please contact 
Claire Summers Evans (Cornwall FA Designated Safeguarding Officer) via email -

Any referee officiating in youth football looking to renew or needing support with the DBS process can contact either the Designated Safeguarding Officer or Lee Swabey ~(Cornwall FA Referee Development Officer) via email - 

Respect and Poor Practice

Most children and young people have a fantastic experience when taking part in football – but sadly, some don't. This might be down to over-competitive parents and coaches shouting and constantly criticising them from the sidelines – the kind of behaviour that the Respect programme is designed to address, or it could be that a young player is not given equal playing time by his coach.

The Respect Code of Conducts and Equal Playing time guidance is available for all players, coaches, spectators and referees, to help ensure the safety and enjoyment of all children is paramount.  


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Safeguarding Training

Cornwall FA requires that everyone working with under 18s obtains a fresh Safeguarding Children certificate every three years.

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.

The online course is available to anyone who has an existing Safeguarding Children Workshop qualification or re-certification that is over two years old. You must have previously completed the 3 hour face-to-face ‘Safeguarding Children Workshop’ to take this course

It includes material on safer practice with under 18s, safer use of social media, safeguarding disabled children, listening to children, recognising and responding to poor practice and abuse and how and when to report safeguarding concerns.

For information on accessing the course please see information below. 

Our Designated Safeguarding Officer, Claire Summers-Evans

Claire Summers- Evans- Designated Safeguarding Officer

Get in touch

Claire Summers-Evans

Designated Safeguarding and Governance Officer

By Phone: 01208 262989 or 07533 953351 (Monday to Friday 9-5pm)

If out of office hours please leave a message but if you believe a child is in immediate danger please contact the police.



Online Safeguarding renewal

If you need to renew your Safeguarding Certificate and have previously completed a course with us you will be able to renew your Safeguarding online for FREE. To renew your Safeguarding Certificate online for FREE, click here!

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