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1.  Who are the Club Welfare Officers 

2.  The Role of the Club Welfare Officer (CWO)    

3.  Dealing with Concerns 

4.  Safeguarding Children  

5.  Coaches Corner

6.  Against Bullying 

7.  Against Racism

8.  Codes of Conduct

9.  Other Guidance / Advice


1.  Who are the Woolton Club Welfare Officers   

contactThe Club Welfare Officers for all Woolton FC teams are;

Kevin Sheahan – thesheahans@virginmedia.com – 07725 517130

Chris Leahy – christopher.leahy@openreach.co.uk – 07740 562988

Kev and Chris both attend Saturday morning training sessions at Camp Hill and are available to players, parents and coaches to answer any queries, listen to any concerns or provide advice on any welfare matters.  They can also be contacted at anytime using the contact details above.


2. The Role of the Club Welfare Officer (CWO)

Woolton FC believe….Stay Safe Have Fun

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  • If you take part in football you have the right to have fun and stay safe.
  • Your coach/team manager is there to help you learn safely and enjoy football.
  • Woolton FC is there to help you to learn in a safe environment and enjoy football.








As Club Welfare Officers, we will

2.1 Put in place…
• A safeguarding children policy and anti-bullying policy
• Responsible recruitment getting the right people involved
• The Respect Codes

2.2 Understand…
• What Respect aims to do
• The benefits of implementing the Respect codes
• The quick wins to be gained by using The FA’s safeguarding children best practice guidance
• Why certain roles require an Enhanced CRB check and how The FA CRB process works
• How to refer a concern about the welfare of a child

2.3 Communicate with…
• Club officials
• Parents / Spectators and get them to sign up to the Respect codes
• Coaches and managers about the importance of being consistent role models for their players
• Your YLWO – introduce yourself, find out how they can support you and let them know what you are doing to safeguard children in your club
• Your County Welfare Officer if you need help or advice

2.4 Encourage…
• Coaches, team managers, first aiders / medics to complete The FA’s Safeguarding Children Workshop
• Coaches and team managers to listen to their player’s thoughts, ideas and views
• Committee to make use of designated spectator areas at all games

2.5 Monitor…
• Repeated incidents of poor behaviour and liaise with your committee (and where necessary YLWO or County Welfare Officer)
• Compliance with Enhanced CRB checks through The FA CRB Unit for those who require one.


3.  Dealing with Concerns 

reporting Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. If you are worried about a child it is important that you report your concerns – no action is not an option.

3.1 If you are worried about a child then you need to report your concerns to the Club Welfare Officer.

3.2 If the issue is one of poor practice they will either:

  • Deal with the matter themselves or
  • Seek advice from the County FA Welfare Officer

3.3 If the concern is more serious – possible child abuse – where possible contact the County FA Welfare Officer first, then immediately contact the Police or Children’s Services

3.4 If the child needs immediate medical treatment take them to a hospital or call an ambulance and tell them this is a child protection concern. Let your Club Welfare Officer know what action you have taken.

3.5 If at any time you are not able to contact your Club Welfare Officer or the matter is serious then you can either:

  • Contact Liverpool County FA Welfare Officer directly. Brian.Hart@liverpoolfa.com – 0151 523 4488 ext 114 / 07595070809
  • Call The FA/NSPCC 24 hour Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000
  • Contact the Police or Children’s Services

Other sites for advice

Bullying Onlinewww.bullying.co.uk

ChildLinewww.childline.org.uk or telephone – 08001111



Kidszone www.nspcc.org.uk/kidszone or textphone – 0800 056 0566


NSPCCwww.worriedneed2talk.org.uk (aimed at 12 – 16 year olds)

Stop it now!www.stopitnow.org.uk or telephone – 0808 1000 900

4.  Safeguarding Children


The Woolton FC Safeguarding Policy can be found here – Woolton FC Safeguarding children policy

Creating fun and safe football environments is central to safeguarding children.

Most children and young people have a fantastic experience through 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 might be due to some other kind of abusive behaviour towards them.

Safeguarding Children is everyone’s responsibility and having welfare officers in all clubs and leagues with youth teams is crucial to The FA’s simple three part approach to safeguarding. This approach includes:

• Getting the right people involved – seeking references and CRB checks.
• Creating a safe environment – codes of conduct, education and best practice.
• Promoting clear systems – to deal with any concerns – policy and procedures.


5.  Coaches Corner – What’s Required

  Coaches Corner

Being a football coach is an extremely rewarding thing to do. Teaching children how to improve their sporting abilities while having fun, offers the coach a great deal of personal satisfaction.  However, there are certain courses and checks required by the club and the FA for anybody who is thinking of volunteering or being involved in regulated activity.

Your Welfare Officer will help you through each process and keep a record of qualifications of each manager/coach/volunteer involved in kids football to ensure all qualifications required are kept up to date.   You may receive an email from the FA when any of your coaching requirements are due for renewal, but you’ll also receive an email from your Welfare Officer as a gentle reminder.

The basic requirements are…..

  • CRC – Criminal Record Checks (formerly the CRB check)  Now required every 3 years- see below for renewing CRCs
  • FA’s Level 1 Coaching course – One off course
  • Safeguarding Children Course – Requires completion, then updating every 3 years
  • First Aid Certificate – Requires completion, then updating every 3 years

CRC Application Process

The CRCs can now be completed online at a cost of £10 per application, which the club pay for.  Woolton FC has set up access to this online service as it is a much quicker service.  The Welfare Officer will email you the application pack and guide you through the application process.

Paper applications are still available to clubs, but the cost has now increased to £20 and isn’t as quick as online.

CRC Renewals

You can now have life-time renewals of your FA CRC which means you will not need to reapply every three years.  To take advantage of this you will need to:

• Register your CRC with The Disclosure and Barring Service( DBS)*

• Inform The FA Criminal Records Body who administer the Checks. They will charge a £10 administration fee.

*you must register your CRC disclosure with the DBS update service within 19 days of Issue.

Once registered for this service, The FA CRB will make annual checks on your CRC status for as long as you remain in football.

Criminal Record Checks Guidance

CRC for clubs

CRC for coaches

CRC Guidance Notes for Applicants

CRC Guidance Notes for Club Welfare Officers

6.  Against Bullying        anti bullying

We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our members so they can participate in football in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at Woolton FC. If bullying does occur, all club members or parents should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.

This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the Club Welfare Officer or any committee member. This club is committed to playing its part to teach players to treat each other with respect.

The FA Anti Bullying policy can be found here – The FA anti-bullying policy


7.  Against Racism





Access to football – and progress within it – should be available to people from every ethnic group.  Our continued aim is to ensure no barriers exist to anyone enjoying the game – whatever their ethnic background.

Kick It Outhttp://www.kickitout.org/

Sporting Equalshttp://www.sportingequals.org.uk/


8.  Codes of Conduct




For Woolton FC Players – Code of Conduct Young Players

For Woolton FC Parents and Spectators – Code of Conduct Spectators Parents and Carers

For Woolton FC Coaches/Managers – Code of Conduct Coaches and Managers


9.  Other Guidance / Advice


Any feedback, suggestions or queries from this page, please contact Kevin Sheahan – thesheahans@virginmedia.com.