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The FA

The FA

Board Safeguarding Champion - Cornwall FA


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Feb 26, 2024


Our Organisation

The Cornwall FA Team administer and work within all areas of football to benefit players, coaches, clubs, leagues and referees throughout the county.

We provide resources, information, news, advice, guidance and support through our Cornwall FAwebsite.

The team at the Cornwall FA are proud to offer administrative support in all areas of the business through the County Office ensuring our customers are always receiving the best support from us. To engage our wider football community we provide and manage a range of county cupcompetitions male, female adult and youth.

We recruit, train and support referees and referee development and we also provide a comprehensive coach education programme to support the qualifications and development of grassroots club coaches. We support clubs, leagues and referees through FA processes including Full-Time and the Whole Game System. We assist clubs with the development of their facilities each season including grant funding, support with planning application, ground grading and also through the pitch improvement programme. The safety of all youth players in Cornwall is paramount to Cornwall FA and we work tirelessly alongside our Club and League Welfare Officers to ensure that grassroots football coaches have the relevant Safeguarding Qualifications and follow Best Practice guidelines to ensure young players can play football in a safe and fun environment.

The Role

Cornwall County Football Association is inviting applications to join our Board of Directors, in a Voluntary Role as Safeguarding Champion. We are looking for an individual with skills and experience in safeguarding with adults, children, or both, who has a desire to support grassroots football and a safe environment across Cornwall.

The purpose of the role includes -

To ensure Cornwall County FA maintains its governance, operations and standards in safeguarding, to achieve the best outcomes for children and adults at risk.
To ensure the Board acts in accordance with legislation, statutory guidance and The FA's Safeguarding Policies and Procedures and any associated guidance including continually demonstrating that the County FA meets The FA's Safeguarding 365 Standard for County FAs.
To be an active Board member championing a culture that has the best interests of children and young people (under the age of 18) and adults at risk in mind in all decisions that are made.
To recognise and champion that all children and young people in football and all adults at risk are entitled to the same protection regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity.

Key Accountabilities

To ensure the County FA always acts in keeping with legislation, statutory guidance and The FA's Safeguarding Policies and Procedures and The FA's Safeguarding 365 Standard for County FAs.
To ensure the County FA safeguarding responsibilities and accountabilities are embedded in the County FA Strategy, Business Plan, Budget, Risk Register and Operational Plan.
To ensure the County FA enables and provides relevant safeguarding training for the Board, staff, volunteers and committee and council members.
To ensure all staff role profiles have safeguarding responsibilities embedded in them.
To ensure the Board receives and scrutinises information on progress against key areas of work, including the independent assessment reports, risks and challenges.
To ensure all volunteers are aware of and comply with The FA's Safeguarding 365 Standard for County FAs' requirements.
To check and challenge to ensure that the interests of children and young people are paramount in all County FA activities and the best interests of adults at risk are given due consideration.
To use the whistle-blowing policy if any concerns are not fully addressed by the County FA or the Board.

What we are looking for


A child-centred belief system and behaviours.
Experience of demonstrable and effective governance – and overseeing a strategic approach.
Experience of working in adult or child safeguarding and/or protection.
Knowledge and understanding of grassroots or other voluntary activity.
Awareness and understanding of The FA's Safeguarding Policy and Procedures and
The FA's Safeguarding 365 Standard for County FAs.
Ability to listen effectively.
Ability to ask probing questions.
Proven influencing skills.
Presentation skills.
Experience of problem-solving.
Basic IT skills, including Word and email.


Football club or officiating experience.
Experience of organisational assessments, audits or inspections.
Experience of being a member of committees or Boards.

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