Grassroots Football

Club Welfare Officer Support Hub


In this section you will find useful tools, information and guidance to support you in your integral role of ensuring grassroots football is safe and fun for children and young people!

Below you will find;

  • FA Safeguarding Resources, including policy templates and guidance on safeguarding in grassroots football
  • Welfare Officer Support Videos on using the Whole Game System to its full potential to support safeguarding at your club
  • Links to digital and virtual FA Safeguarding Education Courses


Using the Safeguarding Tab in the FA Whole Game System

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M: 07396681103


The FA

Safeguarding Thresholds

Find out more about Safeguarding Thresholds in grassroots football

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Safeguarding Downloads

FA Safeguarding Resources

A full library of free reources to support clubs and leagues to ensure safeguards are in place.
Grassroots Football

Dealing with Complaints and Discipline issues at your Club

Dealing with issues of poor practice or misconduct from volunteers or parents/spectators can seem somewhat daunting at first however by following a clear process as outlined below such matters can be dealt with both efficiently and appropriately.
FA Safeguarding Courses

FA Safeguarding Education Courses - Online 

Here you can find information on online courses such as FA Safeguarding for Committee Members and FA Guide to Safeguarding Adults
Welfare Officer Support

FA Grassroots Welfare Officer Support - Youtube Videos

Here you can find some short support videos on using the FA Whole Game System to support your role as a Welfare Officer
FA Whole Game System

FA DBS Whole Game System Integration

The FA have launched an improved process for dealing with DBS applications at clubs. The new process basically involves using WGS to start any DBS application whether for a new volunteer joining a club; or, for DBS renewal for an existing volunteer with a club.
Parents and Carers

Information for Parents and Carers

The FA is asking every parent/carer with a child involved in football to take a few minutes to watch our parent/carer video above called ‘Let’s talk about keeping children safe in football’. It outlines what you should expect from your club and how you can play your part in safeguarding your child.
Children and Young People

Guidance for different age groups and understanding children's rights

A child is someone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday. Once they turn 18, they are legally an adult.
Social Media

Taking Safeguarding online

Find out how to stay safe online when using Social Media
Grassroots Football

Keeping Football Safe in Durham County

Find out more about safeguarding children in grassroots football 
DSO Network

The Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) Network

Football is proud to have a network of Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSO) across football – all supporting safe and fun environments for everyone. The majority of this network consists of volunteers within grassroots football.
Durham FA Girls Player Development Centre

Local Safeguarding Contacts