Safeguarding Information for Youth Football Next Season

To affiliate for the 2023-24 season, club's will need to ensure individuals have the correct qualifications in place

Safeguarding Affiliation Guide for Youth Football (U18) - Season 2023-2024

To affiliate for the 2023-2024 season, clubs must have the following in place:

A Club Welfare Officer (Youth) named on the Whole Game System, who has all the correct qualifications:

  • An in-date FA DBS
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Safeguarding for Welfare Officers
  • Safeguarding for Committee Members

All Managers/Coaches must have:

  • An in-date FA DBS
  • Safeguarding Children

Committee Members:

  • Safeguarding for Committee Members

Please note, that Safeguarding for All is not an alternative to Safeguarding Children and will not be accepted.

Safeguarding Compliance during the Season

If a DBS or Safeguarding for Children expire during the season, clubs will be notified on the Whole Game System 3 months prior to renewal and then every month after, until two weeks prior when Devon FA will contact the CWO/Secretary.  If a DBS or Safeguarding Children does expire, CLUBS/TEAMS will be SUSPENDED until this matter has been resolved.

Others Helping within Clubs

An individual who has regular contact with Under 18’s within a club (regular meaning, more than a one off), will need an FA DBS, Safeguarding Children and be listed on the clubs Whole Game System.

For avoidance of doubt, volunteers will not be permitted to carry out regulated activity with Under 18’s until they have met the Safeguarding requirements.


Please see below for course links. DBS checks can be obtained through the Devon FA. For more details, please email - safeguarding@devonfa.com

safeguarding children course

safeguarding children re-certification course

safeguarding for committee members course