Safeguarding

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults at all levels of the game in Wales.  We want people to have a fun, enjoyable and positive experience, and safeguarding is vital to this. 

The FAW Safeguarding Policy sets out the key principles and best practice guidelines as to club operations can be viewed in the FAW Safeguarding Kit Bag.

Everybody involved in Welsh football has a responsibility towards safeguarding and welfare of the child/vulnerable adult is the paramount consideration!

DBS Checks

It is a condition that all junior coaches and club personnel who come into contact with children have a current and valid DBS check and FAW number.

If you require a DBS check or need to obtain DBS application packs, please contact your Club Safeguarding Officer or email safeguarding@faw.co.uk

Once you have applied for your DBS check, within 2-6 weeks you will receive a green disclosure certificate which must be submitted to the FAW Safeguarding Team for assessment and to obtain your FAW number and Safeguarding Scheme Card.

Certificates are to be sent to the following address as soon as you receive it:

FAW Safeguarding,
11/12 Neptune Court,
Vanguard Way,
Cardiff,
CF24 5PJ

Failure to do so will mean that you have not received clearance to be involved in junior football.  Individuals found to be in breach of this rule can be removed from their club whilst the club in question can also be subject to suspension from junior football related activity.

FAW Education

As per the Club Accreditation Regulations all clubs must have a Club Safeguarding Officer who has completed the FAW Safeguarding Award.

In addition, in order to meet the standard level required for entry into your junior league, there must be at least one individual per team who holds a FAW Football Leaders Award and a FAW First Aid Award. We would also encourage coaches to complete the FAW Safeguarding Award as a means of best practice.

Further information on Coach Education can be viewed here

Safeguarding Structure

Responsibilities of the CSO

  • Administer DBS (formerly CRB) programme.
  • Ensure that coaches and relevant personnel have current and valid DBS checks and FAW numbers.
  • Ensure that coaches and relevant personnel have the necessary qualifications to undertake their roles.
  • Ensure that the club meets at least the Standard level of the Club Accreditation Programme (in partnership with club colleagues)
  • Act as the point of contact for minor safeguarding/welfare issues at club level
  • Report issues that cannot be dealt with at club level to your League Safeguarding Officer
  • Implement best practice at club level.
  • Comply with the CSO Code of Conduct

League Safeguarding Officer

  • Support club safeguarding officers with their duties and offer support and guidance.
  • Communicate leagues responsibility to safeguard children.
  • Promote FAW safeguarding policies.
  • Monitor best practice at club level.
  • Act as liaison between club and Area Association
  • Implement reporting procedure and escalate concerns to Area Association/FAW Safeguarding where necessary.
  • Investigate safeguarding issues where appropriate
  • Reporting issues to Area Safeguarding officer that cannot be dealt with at a League level
  • Support clubs when going through a restructure (i.e. change of verifier or club safeguarding officer)
  • Ensure individuals have received the necessary training
  • Monitor Club Accreditation Programme (in partnership with League Secretary)

Area Safeguarding Officer

  • Promote and disseminate FAW Safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Manage children’s welfare within the Association
  • Arrange and attend necessary meetings with member leagues and clubs
  • Assist FAW Safeguarding department with investigations into safeguarding concerns where directed
  • Investigate safeguarding issues and complaints where appropriate
  • Report issues to FAW Safeguarding that cannot be dealt with at an Area level
  • Monitor best practice at club and league level
  • Ensure that individuals have received the necessary training
  • Manage the Area’s responsibility to safeguard children

FAW Safeguarding Team

  • Comprises of National Safeguarding Manager, Safeguarding Co-ordinator and Compliance Co-ordinator
  • Manage statutory and legal matters
  • Undertake investigations into serious matters; criminal activity, sexual offences, drugs, violence
  • Policy development & implementation
  • Training & education
  • Consultation
  • Manage National DBS Programme- forms are submitted to FAW and processed before sending onto the DBS
  • Issue FAW numbers upon receipt of DBS certificates
  • Issue FAW Safeguarding Scheme Cards
  • Manage independent Safeguarding Panel
  • Management of junior football portal issues and queries
  • Communication of safeguarding procedures and protocols
  • Manage complaints/concerns and refer as necessary

Managing Concerns/Allegations 

It is imperative that all complaints, concerns and allegations are investigated thoroughly with the welfare of the child or vulnerable adult being the paramount consideration.

REMEMBER: It is not your responsibility to determine if abuse has taken place, but it is your responsibility to report it!

RESPOND, RECORD, REPORT

If you are concerned about the immediate safety of a child, please contact the Police on 999

Safeguarding Kit Bag

Here you will find a variety of documents that will aid you with safeguarding queries and club operations.

Please take the time to read the documents thoroughly and use them to implement best practice within your club.

Safeguarding Kit Bag
06/05/2016
Application Form for Recruitment.pdf
06/05/2016
Away Trips Information.pdf
06/05/2016
Changing Facilities Guidance.pdf
06/05/2016
Club Welcome Packs for Parents.pdf
06/05/2016
Club_Anti-Bullying_Policy_v2.pdf
06/05/2016
Club_Guidance_v1.pdf
06/05/2016
Club_Safeguarding_Children_Policy_v1.pdf
06/05/2016
Coaches Code of Conduct (Cymraeg).pdf
06/05/2016
Coaches Code of Conduct.pdf
06/05/2016
Complaints__Disciplinary_Procedures.pdf
06/05/2016
CSO Role Info and Code of Conduct (Cymraeg).pdf
06/05/2016
CSO Role Info and Code of Conduct.pdf
06/05/2016
DBS Verifier Guide.pdf
06/05/2016
Guidelines For Recruiting Volunteers.v1.pdf
06/05/2016
Parents and Spectators Code of Conduct (Cymraeg).pdf
06/05/2016
Parents and Spectators Code of Conduct.pdf
06/05/2016
Photography Guidance (Cymraeg).pdf
06/05/2016
Photography Guidance.pdf
06/05/2016
Player info & Consent form.pdf
06/05/2016
Players Code of Conduct.pdf
06/05/2016
Risk_Assessment_Form.pdf
06/05/2016
Sample Reference Form Confidential.pdf
06/05/2016
SG P, P & P 2011 v.2 single page.pdf
06/05/2016
SG1 Safeguarding Incident Referral Form.pdf