The FAW has implemented the following structure to ensure that Safeguarding is embedded into our Welsh football culture and to ensure a positive football environment can be provided. It is compulsory for all Clubs, Leagues and Area Associations to have a registered Safeguarding officer in place to support the FAW Safeguarding Policy, Practices and Procedures.
Club Safeguarding Officer Roles and Responsibilities
Administer DBS programme.
Ensure that coaches and relevant personnel have current and valid DBS checks and have registered with the club on the COMET system.
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 Roles and Responsibilities
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 Roles and Responsibilities
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 Roles and Responsibilities
Comprises of National Safeguarding & Player Welfare Manager, Safeguarding Executive and Safeguarding Co-ordinator
Manage statutory and legal matters
Undertake investigations into serious matters; criminal activity, sexual offences, drugs, violence
Policy development & implementation
Training & education
Manage National DBS Programme- forms are submitted to FAW and processed before sending onto the DBS
Log DBS information to an individual's COMET profile upon receipt of DBS certificate/clearance.
Assist with COMET registration process and check that an individual involved in junior football has a valid DBS before confirming their registration on the COMET system.
Assist with the management of coach registration issues and queries
Manage independent Safeguarding Panel
Communication of safeguarding procedures and protocols