The Club Welfare Officer ("CWO")is the individual within the Football Club with the primary responsibility for managing and reporting concerns about children and for having in place procedures to safeguard children in the Club.


Their responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring everyone knows their name and how to contact them.
  • Referring any child protection concerns or poor practice to the County Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO).
  • Carrying out and enforcing DBS checks in a timely way to ensure those Volunteers (example, Coaches) working with children are compliant.
  • Supporting the Club with the implementation of the FA Safeguarding Children Policy, including Recruiting Volunteers, Social Media use, Guidance on Travel, Trips and Tournaments.


Finally, they must also keep up to date with Safeguarding through the FA Online courses and attend a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) annual session organised by the County DSO.