All current We Make Footballers members working in eligible roles, with children and young people – such as academy managers, senior coaches, junior coaches, volunteers and Parent Hosts are required to hold an in-date FA accepted EnhancedDBS with Barring List check as part of responsible recruitment practice.
It is accepted that The FA aims to prevent people with a history of relevant and significant offending from having contact with children or young people and the opportunity to influence policies or practice with children or young people. This is to prevent direct sexual or physical harm to children and to minimise the risk of grooming within football.
i. If you are worried about a child then you need to report your concerns to the Club Welfare Officer.
ii. If the issue is one of poor practice the Club Welfare Officer will either:
Let’s make football safe not sorry
We understand that the recent revelations from former players of professional clubs will have raised a lot of questions in parents minds about the safety of youth football. We are appalled by the horrific abuse that has been suffered by former footballers and applaud their immense courage and bravery in coming forward.
Here at We Make Footballers we put the welfare of your children at the center of everything we do. Sean Conlon our CEO is also our Child Welfare Officer (CWO) and was recently on ITV news giving his opinion on the emerging news and the role of the FA in current best practice.
One of the main areas of strength within our Safeguarding is our ‘Safer Recruitment’ processes. This means we adopt a best practice system for recruiting coaches into the We Make Footballers family. All prospective staff are put through a minimum of two interviews, one face to face and one practical or field based, both with two members of staff present. References are gathered from most recent employers and a full Disclosure and Barring Service check is undertaken before the staff member comes into contact with any young people. All staff must have the relevant FA qualifications and must have up to date FA First Aid and FA Safeguarding qualifications.