IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ALL ESSEX COUNTY FA YOUTH CLUBS
The FA have introduced an integrated method for clubs when completing an FA DBS. Currently, the system requires the applicant to complete an online form (via The FA’s website, GBG online disclosures), the Club Welfare Officer then verifies the form on GBG and, finally, the Club Welfare Officer (CWO) has to refer to the FA Whole Game System to see when the DBS has been accepted by The FA.
The new system reduces administration. The applicant completes the DBS via the Whole Game System. The CWO will then still need to verify the check, but the application will be driven by the Whole Game System, making the process, in the majority of cases, much quicker. Some checks have been known to take a little as two or three days.
Clubs have the option to continue using the current process or to opt into the new system by entering their GBG club pin into the safeguarding section on the Whole Game System. Please DO NOT opt-in until the club is happy to proceed as it is not possible to revert back.
The Essex County FA are currently running a pilot scheme with a couple of clubs and will then offer training in October to support all Essex-affiliated clubs. The purpose of this message is to advise clubs that, although the opt-in can now be selected, consideration must be given before entering the club pin. We would strongly advise clubs to wait until the pilot has been completed. Full details, and the dates for training, will be shared over the next couple of months.
safe football environments
We place the safeguarding and welfare of young people high on our agenda. It's the responsibility of every adult involved in football, thus every club is required to endorse and adhere to The FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy.
It’s important to remember that every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse.
We like to make sure we're offering the support needed by Welfare Officers and welcome concerns or suggestions. The feedback we've had has been really positive and we’d like to provide networking opportunities.
All those involved in the welfare aspect are working hard to provide the best possible environment for young people to participate in football. If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of a young person/s, you should contact the relevant party, and should your concern be of an urgent and immediate nature, the telephone numbers listed will assist you. For other non-urgent queries, you're welcome to contact us via E-Mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
local safeguarding children
nspcc and childline
NSPCC - (0808) 800 5000
Local Safeguarding Children - (Outside Office Hours): (0845) 606 1212
Childline - (0800) 11 11
Police - 999
If you are IMMEDIATELY concerned about a child’s welfare, contact the Police or Social Services on (0845) 603 7634 (during office hours) or (0845) 606 1212 (outside office hours).
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