Safeguarding, Welfare and CRC's

All leagues and clubs with Youth teams must have a named Welfare Officer whom has an enhanced FA CRC Check and has completed the FA Safeguarding Children and the FA Welfare Officers Workshops.

It is important to understand these requirements as they are mandatory for affiliation (note: new clubs will be given time and the opportunity to have a temporary welfare officer while their own club official undergoes the necessary training).

Clubs should ensure members who coach, care for, supervise or have regular contact with children under 18 years of age or vulnerable people have a CRC check from within the last 3 years. This includes Club Welfare Officers (CWO), managers, coaches, first aiders and regular drivers.

Clubs should also consider whether the number of Welfare Officers they have is adequate for the number of teams they have. Devon County FA is recommending that Assistant Welfare Officers be appointed for clubs with over 5 teams.

Guidance for Welfare Officers

CRC Checks online

Check out the FA Video guide to CRC's here

A CRC is a way of checking a person's history to make sure they do not have any previous convictions that suggest they are unsafe to work with children. CRC's are valid for 3 years from the date of issue. If your CRC is more than 3 years old or is close to being 3 years old then you will need to renew it. You can do this here but you will first need your club or Devon FA's PIN number - contact your Club Welfare Officer or Devon FA. Our online guide shows you how Club Welfare Officers can set up their club to do CRC checks online.

Online checks cost just £10 per person, including VAT.

For more information on welfare or CRC Checks see the links and useful documents below or contact Devon FA's Welfare Officer Matt Hodgson - or 01626 325919

Further information about online CRC Checks
Start a CRC Check online
Role description & Guidance for Welfare Officers
Safeguarding Resources
How & When to Report a Concern
CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre)