Safeguarding Children Guidance

We have recently seen major emphasis put on Safeguarding Children and CRB checks.

Clubs have received a number of emails from both Northamptonshire FA and The FA, ensuring that they are adhering to the required standards. Please find below some simple guidelines that we have put together:

•    Youth teams require a named coach who holds a CRC (no team is able to affiliate without this).
•    Charter Standard requires the named coach to also have a L1 coaching qualification, including the First Aid and Safeguarding (renewal every 3 years).
•    Assistant managers should have an FA CRC as a minimum; this will enable them to step in if the named coach isn’t present for training or on a match day for some reason. Best practice would be to also encourage them to attend a Safeguarding Children workshop.
•    Parent helpers, if they are regularly helping, and therefore seen as being in a position of trust and able to form relationships, they should have a CRC. If they help as a one off or infrequently, then they do not need a CRC. The exception to this is if any overnight stays take place.
•    Committee Members - A non-coaching committee member who hasn’t been through a Safeguarding Children course will be required to complete an online version. This course is currently being created by The FA which is estimated to go ‘live’ by the end of February 2017.

For the Four Steps of Safeguarding, please click here and watch the FA video featuring four England stars.

If you have any questions around safeguarding you can contact Northamptonshire FA’s Welfare Officer, Sue Miller, on

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