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Safeguarding in Herefordshire

The Herefordshire FA take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and are committed to protecting children and young people who participate in grassroots football from harm. The FA offer a range of safeguarding services and training to help create a safe and enjoyable football experience for everyone. We ensure safeguarding requirements are met as a requirement of club affiliation and we support clubs to maintain these standards. This includes making unannounced safeguarding visits to clubs.

Here are details of the current safeguarding support services we offer:

safeguarding courses and workshops

FA Safeguarding Children Course

FA Safeguarding Children - Renew Online

FA Welfare Officers Workshops

FA Safeguarding for committee members


Here are details of the current safeguarding support services we offer:

Obtaining a Criminal Record Check. (DBS)

Formerly CRC Check, now known as the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Coaches, volunteers, club officials and referees who are regularly in contact with children require an enhanced criminal record check. If you are unsure whether you need a DBS, or if you are unsure if someone else within your club requires a DBS, please contact the County FA  Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) (contact details below).

Obtaining a DBS is a simple process and can be completed online using the guidance notes below. For assistance please contact / 01432 342179

Herefordshire FA CRC Guidance Notes 

How we handle reported concerns 

If you have any concerns regarding the about the welfare of a child or the behaviour of an adult towards a child or young person under 18 years of age in football, please make sure you report it as soon as possible. 

As a County FA we have trained staff who have experience in dealing with these concerns and can ensure the necessary action is taken. Even if a concern doesn't meet the criteria and standard required for county involvement, advice will be given to clubs on how to investigate the issue internally using their club's policies, procedures and constitution. All concerns are treated confidentially. 

You can find out more about how to report safeguarding and welfare concerns by clicking the link below. 


Support for Welfare Officers

Club and league welfare officers are a vital part of the football workforce and Herefordshire FA safeguarding network. We want to ensure these officers have all the support and help available to them that they require. If you have any concerns, questions, queries or problems please contact the County Welfare Officer who will be on hand to help.

If you need to report any concerns you may have about the behaviour of an adult towards a child, young person or adult at risk please complete the form below. You can also use this form to report any poor practice you have witnessed at clubs or footballing events. If there is a child, young person or adult at risk in immediate risk of harm or danger, please ring the police on 999 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 and contact our Designated Safeguarding Officer on 07555754314.

Safeguarding Reporting Form

Yes, please speak to your club welfare officer who will be able to assist.

Coaches and referees working with U18s all require a CRC and other club volunteers and officials may also require one. If your role. or someone elses role within the club involves regular interaction with children, young people or vulnerable adults then they will require an FA CRC.

 Eligibility is governed by legislation and government guidance. In brief this means, anyone aged 16 years or over who undertakes any unsupervised roles with children and young people under the age of 18. 

These activities include managing, training, coaching and supervising as well as giving advice or guidance on well-being, caring for children or driving a vehicle solely for children on behalf of a club or organisation. In youth football all coaches and managers must hold a current, FA accepted check. This is part of the affiliation criteria for youth football. 

Anyone undertaking these activities in football MUST obtain a DBS Enhanced Criminal Record with Children’s Barred List Check.  Role specific guidance for clubs, coaches referees and FA licensed tutors is hosted below along with the CRC eligibility criteria guidance document.

You may have more than one role in football but you only need one check to cover all your roles in affiliated grassroots football.  Please note that this may be different if seeking work with professional clubs.

If you are in any doubt please contact the County Welfare Officer for clarification

A CRC costs just £10 for volunteers and £54 for paid members of the football workforce. Once your CRC has been approved and verified it will last for 3 years

Once your application has been received, the DBS will send you a copy of your enhanced certificate. You do not need to show it to anyone else, once your CRC has been approved the FA records will indicate this and your club/league can see this information online without seeing your certificate.

Where the check highlights relevant information, you will need to send your certificate to the FA safeguarding team who will use the information contained to decided on your suitability to be involved with children or vulnerable adults in football. Herefordshire FA do not need to see your certificate as the decision will be made centrally.The FA may carry out an internal risk assessment to establish whether or not you will be accepted to work with children and young people in football. This may involve providing references or other information.

Get In Touch

Designated Safeguarding Officer
 01432 342179 / 07469422520


If a child or adult is in immediate danger please call the police or NSPCC - 0808 800 5000. Otherwise, you can find the safeguarding reporting form in the FAQ's opposite.

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