Child Welfare

The First Instance

Contact your own Club Welfare Officer

See List Below

The FA have now produced their clearest guidelines to date with regard to responsibilities around Criminal Record Checks. Please see the links below:

Criminal record check clubs (download version)

Criminal record check coaches (download version)

Criminal record check referees (download version)

Walsall Junior Youth League Social Media & Image Policy

Clubs with youth teams must have a named Welfare Officer who

has an ‘accepted’ CRB check via The FA CRB Unit and who has completed
The FA Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officer Workshops

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006) (SVGA) :
The FA’s Position Statement, 1st June 2010
ISA registration and CRB Checks –
Guidance for Football
The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006) (SVGA), was drafted following the death of Holly
Wells and Jessica Chapman and aims to prevent unsuitable people from working with children and
vulnerable adults. The FA takes its responsibilities as a National Governing Body seriously and will
provide Counties, Leagues and Clubs with a systematic approach to the requirements of the Act.
However the Coalition Government Manifesto published in May 2010 has expressed the intent to
review and ‘scale back’ the Vetting and Barring Scheme.
To date we have not been able to gather any further information about the scope and speed of this
review. We continue to actively seek further clarification, but it is difficult to see how this Scheme
can now go fully live in July 2010. As soon as new information is available we will communicate with
Counties, Leagues and Clubs and The FA will provide the necessary support materials.


Manjit Singh 07443 589836