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Watch the video above to learn how Hertfordshire FA is responsible for safeguarding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults involved in grassroots football.

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Hertfordshire FA work closely with the FA to ensure that all the relevant Safeguarding Children policies and procedures are being adopted by all clubs and leagues throughout the county.

The FA has a three part strategy for safeguarding:

Criminal Records Checks

The FA believes that football should be safe and enjoyable for all children and has introduced Criminal Records Checks (CRC) to help in this process. Everyone who is working in regulated activity in grassroots football in Hertfordshire must have an FA Criminal Record Check (CRC).

CRC (also known as DBS) replaced the previous CRB check system in early 2013. CRCs assess an individual’s criminal records history and allow The FA to make an informed decision on whether that person is suitable for a position working with children and vulnerable adults.

Clubs can now register for CRCs online by contacting GBG Online Disclosures on 0845 210 8080 or email

More information on CRC’s can be found on the CWO FAQ’s or The FA website.

Safeguarding Children Workshop

Safeguarding Children is a 3-hour workshop which covers a number of issues surrounding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.  The course is a compulsory part of most FA qualifications including coaching awards, and Hertfordshire FA run courses throughout the year. 

Courses can be booked online here.

The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop can be renewed online but in order to do this, you must have already completed a face-to-face, three-hour FA Safeguarding Children Workshop.

Details of how to renew online can be found here.

Club Welfare Officers

For affiliation with the FA, it is mandatory for all clubs with youth teams to have a named Club Welfare Officer who has the following:

  • An accepted FA Enhanced Criminal Record Check (within the last 3 years)
  • Completed the FA Safeguarding Children Workshop
  • Attended the FA Welfare Officer Workshop

Clubs with youth teams will not be able to affiliate with Hertfordshire FA unless they meet these criteria.

Concerns within your club

If you are concerned about your child or another child in your club, you would normally contact your Club Welfare Officer (CWO) in the first instance. You should be given the contact details of the CWO at the start of the season. If you do not know who your CWO is, speak to a coach in your club and ask for their details. The CWO will normally deal with cases of poor practice and behaviour within your club.

County Welfare Officer

For concerns of a serious nature or for advice and guidance contact County Welfare Officer Richard Drake on 01462 650215

Becoming a Welfare Officer
CEOP - Internet Safety
Criminal Record Checks
Reporting Concerns
Safeguarding Best Practice